Disagreement practices in ELF academic group discussion: verbal, nonverbal and interactional strategies

  • Anuchit Toomaneejinda, Luke Harding
  • Journal of English as a Lingua Franca, August 2018, De Gruyter
  • DOI: 10.1515/jelf-2018-0016

Disagreement in ELF academic context

What is it about?

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the disagreement realisation in ELF academic group discussion by using multi-method approach i.e. discourse analysis and stimulated recall interviews.

Why is it important?

Discourse analysis of the transcribed interactions and stimulated recall data revealed that the ELF participants used a wide range of verbal, nonverbal and interactional strategies in their disagreeing practices. Three salient strategies are presented in detail: focus shifts, complex turn-management (other-initiated disagreement turn dependence and turn-throwing/passing), and the use of gaze. Through these examples, we show that while the discourse produced in group discussion tasks was rich in disagreement, ELF participants used complex linguistic and interactional strategies to avoid explicit displays of their oppositional stance.

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