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Title: Utterance Overlap and Long Silence among the Baka Pygmies:Comparison with Bantu Farmers and Japanese University Students
Authors: KIMURA, Daiji
Keywords: Baka Pygmies
Utterance overlap
Long silence
Issue Date: Mar-2001
Publisher: The Center for African Area Studies, Kyoto University
Journal title: African study monographs. Supplementary issue.
Volume: 26
Start page: 103
End page: 121
Abstract: The temporal structure of conversation was studied among the Baka Pygmies in southeastern Cameroon, in comparison with those of the adjacent Bakwele (Bantu farmer), and Japanese university students. A time sampling method was applied to analyze utterance overlap patterns. In Baka conversation, utterance overlap was not used strategically to take conversational turns, but rather a form of behavioral synchronization. Similarly, long silence was not a failure in the turn-taking, nor indication of the termination of a conversation, boundary of a sentence, or politeness, but can be regarded as a "mode of co-presence." The Baka can co-present without continuous mutual utterance, probably because they live in a "high-context" situation.
DOI: 10.14989/68405
Appears in Collections:26 (African Hunter-Gatherers : Persisting Cultures and Contemporary Problems)

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