Silence and its organisation in the pragmatics of introspection

Wooffitt, R. and Holt, N. (2010) Silence and its organisation in the pragmatics of introspection. Discourse Studies, 12 (3). pp. 379-406. ISSN 1461-4456 Available from:

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In this article we examine periods of silence during introspective reports produced during an experimental laboratory procedure. Drawing from conversation analytic research and Sacks’s observations on silences, we argue that silences are a significant resource by which introspective accounts may be designed for the institutional requirements of the experimental setting. We identify the normative features of silence, and sketch some of the pragmatic or performative functions facilitated by silence. We conclude by considering our findings for the more general use of introspective data in the study of consciousness and cognate disciplines.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:interaction, introspection, participation in experiments, silence
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences > Department of Health and Social Sciences
ID Code:8065
Deposited By: Dr N. Holt
Deposited On:29 Jun 2010 08:44
Last Modified:15 Nov 2016 23:31

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