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What is a continuer?



A continuer is a move that returns speakership to another participant.


It shows that the speaker

  • recognizes that the other participant is forming a lengthy unit of talk, and
  • allows the participant to continue.
Examples (English)
  • uh huh
  • mm hm
  • yeah
  A continuer is a kind of

Greatbatch 1988 411

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