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What is a gap?

 

Definition
 

A gap is conversational silence at the end of a turn in a situation in which

 
  • no next speaker has been selected by the previous one
  • no participant has selected himself or herself as the next speaker, and
  • the silence is too short to constitute a lapse.
Generic
  A gap is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Levinson 1983 299

 

Sacks, Schegloff, and Jefferson 1978 25


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