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Book Chapter
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Shields-Brodber, Kathryn A.
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Department of Language, Linguistics and Philosophy
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Contrapuntal conversation and the performance floor
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Due respect: Papers on English and English-related creoles in the Caribbean in honour of Professor Robert LePage edited by Pauline Christie
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Refereed
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Kingston, Jamaica
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University of the West Indies Press
Date of Publication
2001
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208-218
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Abstract
Performance floors provide a platform for both formal and informal conversation and floor space is at a premium because competition for it is great and is actively negotiatied and contested verbally. Performance floors are an integral component of verbal interaction in many primarily oral societies such as those of the Caribbean, especially on those occasions when what is at issue is not the substance of speakers' inputs, but performers' acumen with words.....
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