An Analysis of Conversation Structure In Ellen Show

Rui KONG, Ting SU


The conversation analysis theory is applied to analyze the structure and organization of human oral conversation. This paper attempts to apply conversation analysis theory to analyze conversation structure features of Ellen Show from two aspects: global structure and local structure. The features of global structure are analyzed from opening, body and closing process. As to local structure, features in turn-taking strategies, adjacency pairs and feedback are analyzed. The study can help appreciate Ellen Show and contribute to developing people’s communication skills and enhancing their discourse competence.


Conversation analysis theory; Ellen Show; global structure; Local structure

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