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When Conversation Lapses: The Public Accountability of Silent Copresence

Elliott M. Hoey


This book analyzes how people behave in and around lapses in conversation. Lapses are moments when all participants have the option to speak, but refrain from doing so. Through four empirical studies, the author examines silences in actual transcribed instances of social interaction using the tools of conversation analysis.

Keywords: conversation, silence, conversation analysis, social interaction, pragmatics, linguistics, communication, awkwardness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190947651
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190947651.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elliott M. Hoey, author
Post-doctoral researcher, University of Basel