Gender in Interruptive Turns at Talk-in-Interaction

Deirdre Reznik


The 2004 Applied Linguistics and Language Education (APPLE) Award Winning M.A. Research Paper in Applied Linguistics

In this paper, gender and its role in interruptive turns at talk-in-interaction are examined. Research on the topic of gender in interaction and gender and interruption reflects a tension between essentialist and contextual views. Using the research methods of conversation analysis, this paper examines interruptions in a transcript of a conversation between a male and a female speaker. This examination of the form and function of the interruptions appears to support the idea that gender as a construct is situated rather than fixed.


Gender; Conversation Analysis; Transcription; Power

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