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Prosody.  Selection of Narrative Detail.  The discussion will conclude with Page 18 some comments and questions regarding the general nature of proficiency and the role of discourse analysis in helping researchers and educators to understand it. Because of the nature of the data, the researchers immediately began to encounter problems when attempting to classify clauses according to Labov's (1972) schema.  and then the other man, they're they're thinking, what's in there.  Is there a reason for using progressive, alternating to a single use of the preterite, following with a present tense, then switching back to the present progressive?

158).  He emphasizes the need for a science of social interaction and of the objective interpretation of texts.  This shift would indicate that meanings need not only be relativized to scenes, as Fillmore (1976) has suggested, but that they must be seen as relative to the life situation of the actors.  That is, researchers necessarily formulate their interpretations of naturally­occurring forms of discourse within the framework of a social theory which they themselves may or may not have made explicit.

11).  Particular attention was paid to the conversational context as negotiated between student and adult interlocutor in our analysis rather than simply focusing upon student responses to the examiner.  relating what was said to the knowledge or experiences assumed to be shared with the listener.  utterances were repaired or edited resulting in improved communication.  For example, if a child responds in an apparently odd way to a question, this may be because the child, for good reasons, does not share the examiner's definition of the interactional situation.

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