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Performance Factors in Spoken Discourse

Elsevier Ltd
DOI: 10.1016/b0-08-044854-2/00583-6
  • Coherence
  • Communal Lexicon
  • Communicative Stress
  • Conversation
  • Instruction (Mode)
  • Interactional Discourse
  • Listener
  • Modes Of Discourse
  • Narrative (Mode)
  • Speaker
  • Speech
  • Spoken Discourse
  • Transactional Discourse
  • Linguistics


I begin by characterizing a relatively unstressful context for the speaker in the production of spoken discourse utilizing dichotomous scales relating to the relative familiarity of the listener, whether or not the discourse is primarily interactional or transactional, whether or not the speaker needs to produce a long structured turn, and if so, whether or not the speaker can prepare for this longer turn or must speak spontaneously. I then examine some of the parameters relevant to the cognitive (and linguistic) complexity of the speech the speaker needs to produce, before looking briefly at their effects in two different modes of discourse.

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