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In the speech pair above there are many rules that have been obeyed and disobeyed. However in this short conversational analysis we will only discuss a few.

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Introduction

(female) A: Hey you know that red shirt of John's that you liked - well I saw it in Myers sale at $25 (male) B: It's no use telling me - I'm broke till I get my wages next month but thanks anyway In the speech pair above there are many rules that have been obeyed and disobeyed. However in this short conversational analysis we will only discuss a few. The first rule that is followed can be distinguished in speaker A. ...read more.

Middle

You can see both speaker A follows this rule and B. Speaker B could have easily interrupted A saying "It's no use telling me" after A mentioned about the red shirt she saw in Myers. But B chose to follow the conversational rule and allow A to finish, respecting her right to speak. Speaker A also follows the rule by not interrupting B. After the comment was made about "It's no use telling me", she could have easily interrupted asking why, but chose to listen. ...read more.

Conclusion

Speaker B rejects the whole notion of the shirt saying "Its no use telling me- I'm broke". This leads us to another breach in conversation rule "sharing the topic". Speaker B did not want to even acknowledge the shirt but instead shift the conversation to his financial status. However, even though there is a breach in conversational rules from B response. He tries to make up for it at the end of it by saying to A "But thanks anyways". Signaling that even though his focus was on his financial situation, he acknowledges her effort of bringing up the shirt. ...read more.

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