Revue Tranel

Revue Tranel
The TRANEL collection (TRAvaux NEuchâtelois de Linguistique), journal of the Institute of Linguistics and Communication of the University of Neuchatel, established in 1980, is published twice a year. The volumes are published on paper, but the entire collection is also available free of charge on RERO doc. Its directions are various : semantics, pragmatics, syntax, speech therapy, sociolinguistics, conversational analysis, bilingualism, terminology, diachronic change, variation, language skills, etc. The journal provides an overview of research at the Institute of Linguistics and Communication, it also provides an opportunity for researchers from other backgrounds to offer original themes and begin editing an issue.
It works on the principle of peer review, but reserves itself the right to refuse publication of an article, even after revision, that would be considered of insufficient scientific quality by experts.
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Apprentissage social affectif et appréciation de l'émotion: structuration des interactions socioémotionnelles

Dukes, Daniel

In: Revue Tranel, 2018, vol. 68, p. 77-84

This paper highlights a novel concept that focuses on obtaining knowledge through the observation of others. In the same way as social learning is concerned with learning from others how to use objects in the environment through various forms of imitation, what we have called 'affective social learning' is concerned with learning how to value objects in the environment through the emotional...

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Intentional communication in primates

Zuberbühler, Klaus

In: Revue Tranel, 2018, vol. 68, p. 69-75

Human communication, including language, is the product of underlying intentions that are purposely expressed, epistemically monitored and flexibly interpreted. A main question in science has been about the evolutionary origins of this cognitive capacity. One way to address the problem is by studying the natural communication of animals, particularly nonhuman primates. As everything in biology,...

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Sharing perception when using hands-on exhibits in science centres: the case of vocal depiction

Brandenberger, Christina ; Hottiger, Christoph

In: Revue Tranel, 2018, vol. 68, p. 59-68

There are various situations in our daily lives in which we share sensory perceptions in interaction, but research on how exactly we do this is relatively scarce and has often focused primarily on the visual and auditory channels. In this paper, we suggest an approach based on the methods of multimodal conversation analysis which also considers other perceptual fields, especially touch. By means...

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Explicitation sequences in conversation: some considerations on formulations, candidate inferences and grounding

Chernyshova, Elizaveta

In: Revue Tranel, 2018, vol. 68, p. 51-58

This conversation analysis study focuses on sequences where speakers make a piece of information explicit (explicitation sequences). Among others, formulations (Heritage & Watson 1979) and candidate inferences (turns submitting an inference and requiring a confirmation in a second position) can initiate an explicitation. Based on a short analysis of conversational data in French this study shows...

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Le pouvoir des rires: des interactions en face à face aux conversations par texto

Petitjean, Cécile

In: Revue Tranel, 2018, vol. 68, p. 39-50

This article focuses on the interactional achievement of laughter by providing an overview of the studies we carried out on various types of settings, including institutional interactions and text-based conversations. Using a conversation analytic approach (Sacks et al. 1974), we shed light on how participants finely and systematically mobilize laughter in order to jointly achieve specific social...

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"Qu'est-ce que maman dit?": l'accomplissement des directives en français L2 par un jeune homme au pair

Skogmyr Marian, Klara

In: Revue Tranel, 2018, vol. 68, p. 27-38

This conversation analytic study investigates how Vicente, a young au-pair and second language speaker of French, gives directives to the host family children in the Frenchspeaking part of Switzerland. The study specifically analyzes a set of directive sequences occurring toward the end of Vicente's four-month stay, in which he invokes through questions and threats the mother's superior authority...

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On the negotiation of the issue in discussions among young children and their parents

Schär, Rebecca G.

In: Revue Tranel, 2018, vol. 68, p. 17-25

When analyzing argumentative discussions between young children and adults, it emerged that in some cases, adults and children do not share the same issue at the beginning of an interaction. The present contribution makes a first step in investigating how issues are negotiated among the discussants so that this diverging understanding can be overcome. To do so, an example from a corpus of...

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Designing dialogue: argumentation as conflict management in social interaction

Greco, Sara

In: Revue Tranel, 2018, vol. 68, p. 7-15

The escalation of disagreement into overt conflict in social interaction can be avoided, if disagreement is managed through argumentative dialogue. This paper explores the characteristics of argumentative dialogue and presents the role of third parties who design spaces for others' dialogue. After discussing the prototypical example of dispute mediators, this contribution considers other informal...

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Se plaindre des enfants : positionnements épistémiques et rapports institutionnels dans les récits conversationnels entre au-pair et famille d'accueil

Berger, Evelyne

In: Revue Tranel, 2017, vol. 67, p. 103-125

The present study investigates how institutional relationships and identities are interactionally configured in a domestic context: the sojourn of an au-pair with a host family. While the au-pair regularly takes part in the family's ordinary life and becomes sort of a 'member' of the family over time, she is at the same time hired by the family as a childcare provider. Our study reveals that...