Nine Types of Turn-taking in Interpreter-mediated GP Consultations

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This research investigated the systematicity of turn-taking organisation in naturally occurring GP consultations where either a professional or an ad hoc interpreter was involved to mediate language discordant doctor-patient talk-in-interaction. I found that participants systematically organise their turns to speak, following one of the nine types of turn-taking organisation identified in this study disregarding the patient’s native language and culture, the type of interpreter and their interpreting proficiency. The effect turn-taking organisation has on communication varies in different contexts. Teaching doctors about the cause and effect relation between turn-taking and communication outcomes may help them improve their clinical communication.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-96
Number of pages23
JournalApplied Linguistics Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 27 Feb 2015


  • Interpreting
  • turn-taking
  • medical communication
  • UK


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