Transcript of a Siwu conversation featuring continuers

Transcript from a conversation in Siwu (a Kwa language of Ghana) in which Foster and Beatrice talk about house building and discuss why there might be several unfinished compound houses in their hometown in eastern Ghana. The sum of Beatrice’s contributions in this excerpt is a series of mm-like tokens, which brings home one important function of this kind of item: acknowledging the other’s turn while passing the opportunity to take the floor. But the forms are not all the same: they come in multiple variants and appear to be finely adjusted to their sequential environment.

Dingemanse, M. (2023). Interjections. In E. van Lier (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Word Classes (pp. 477–491). Oxford University Press. PDF