Motivating Students' Skill through Adjacency Pairs in Oral Discourse


  • Sanday Jamaludin



motivation, students’ skill, adjecancy pairs, oral discourse


Conversation is a kind of oral discourse. In a formal structure, it is governed by a set of implicit conventions including rules for taking turns, for maintaining and changing topics. Its settings shape conversational processes. Conversation can be analyzed linguistically and socially. There are several aspects we could use to analyze a conversation such as taking turns, sequence, adjacency pairs, and the like. Turn taking, firstly, refers to the cooperation in conversation managed by all participants. Conversation analysts claim that as speakers are mutually constructing and negotiating their conversation in time, certain sequences, which are stretches of utterances or turns, emerge. And the next is adjacency pairs. It refers to relation between acts, and that conversation contains frequently occurring patterns, in pairs of utterances known as adjacency pairs. Thus in a communication we need better constructing sentences between the speakers and the listeners, in this case the Adjacency Pairs.