The role of pivots in exolingual communication
[Le role du pivot dans la communication exolingue]
Katarina Chovancova – Carolina Haro Guerrero
The paper deals with exolingual trilogues between native and non native speakers of Slovak and French, characterized by a specific distribution of communicative tasks. The presence of a mediator, i. e. a communicating subject who facilitates the exchange between the (two) other interlocutors not having a common language available that would be mastered with an equal competence by all, is marked by repetitive occurrences of signals of refomulation as a central discursive strategy ensuring the success of the communication. Basing their analysis on authentic linguistic material gathered for the needs of empirical research on exolingual and multicode communication, the authors identify pertinent features of communicative behaviour of the mediator.
Key words: language, linguistics, mediation, reformulation, exolingual