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May 29
16:30 - 18:00
Comparative social interaction: Mayans and Rossel Islanders face to face
Centre for Language & Linguistics Invited Talk
Professor Penelope Brown (Max Plank Institute for Psycholinguistics)

This talk attempts to shed some light on the interplay between universals and culture-specifics in social interaction by looking in detail at interactions in two distinct cultural contexts from opposite sides of the world: the Mayans of southern Mexico and the Rossel Islanders of Papua New Guinea (based on joint work with Stephen Levinson). Penelope focuses on a particular mechanism: the 'feedback' and response system - the set of rules and expectations about how to do minimal responses during conversation - and show how different linguistic repertoires, gaze practices, and cultural preoccupations combine to produce distinct 'styles' of interaction in these two cultural contexts.

Location

COLT2,
Cornwallis Central,
University of Kent,
Canterbury,
Kent,
CT2 7NF
United Kingdom
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Details

Open to all,

Contact: Eleni Kapogianni
E: E.Kapogianni@kent.ac.uk
Department of English Language and Linguistics

 

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