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What is a continuer?

 

Definition
 

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
Generic
  A continuer is a kind of
 
Source
 

Greatbatch 1988 411


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