Silence and its organization in the pragmatics of introspection

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JournalDiscourse Studies
DatePublished - Jun 2010
Issue number3
Volume12
Number of pages28
Pages (from-to)379-406
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

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.

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  • interaction, introspection, participation in experiments, silence, CONSUMER RESEARCH

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