Silence is talk: conversational silence in Australian Aboriginal talk-in-interaction

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Title Silence is talk: conversational silence in Australian Aboriginal talk-in-interaction
Author Gardner, Rod; Mushin, Ilana
Journal Name Journal of Pragmatics
Editor Jakob Mey
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract This article presents a ConversationAnalytic study of silences in talk recorded in remote Aboriginal communities, andcompares the length, distribution and interactional management of such silences with what we know about themin Anglo-Australian and American talk. Ethnographic studies of Australian Aboriginal discourse have frequently claimed that Australian Aboriginal people are comfortable with long periods of silence. While our findings support this notion, the micro level of analysis we are able to apply to our data here allows for a more fine-grained understanding of what it means to tolerate longer silences in the context of Aboriginal conversation.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Elsevier B.V.. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 41
Issue Number 10
Page from 2033
Page to 2052
ISSN 0378-2166
Date Accessioned 2009-09-17
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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