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What is silence?

 

Definition
 

Silence is the absence of speech.

Discussion
 

Silence is assigned different significance by conversation analysts depending on such factors as the following:

 
  • Its length
  • Where it occurs in a conversation
Kinds
  Here are some kinds of silence:
 
Source
 

Levinson 1983 298–299


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