Spoken Spanish: turn taking, interventing and simultaneous speech in spontaneus conversation


  • Martina Svečnik Filozofska fakulteta Ljubljana




spoken Spanish, spontaneous speech, interventions, taking turns, simul taneous speech


Conversation is a very important human activity through which people connect to the outer world. In this article, we try to understand the dynamics of spontaneous speech (taking turns, interventions, simultaneous speech) and the reasons why the participants do not participate equally in a conversation. The work is based on a recorded ten minute long spontaneous conversation among Spanish students and on the analysis of its tran scription. The corpus has got all the characteristics of spoken language and spontaneous conversation. Spontaneous conversation is a strugle to gain one’s turn. This is obvious in simultaneous interventions, when the predominant person is the one who gets his/her turn. Interventions are often a sign of participation in a conversation and not necessar ily a sign of strugle to get one’s turn. The participation of individuals in a conversation depends on relations between them, their cultural background and on their knowledge of the language used in the conversation (for foreigners it’s harder). The participants must be fast and efficient (situational context is very important). That is why they develop strate gies that could be interesting for further research.


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Svečnik, M. (2011). Spoken Spanish: turn taking, interventing and simultaneous speech in spontaneus conversation. Journal for Foreign Languages, 3(1-2), 49–60. https://doi.org/10.4312/vestnik.3.49-60