Deborah Tannen
 


 

Perspectives on Silence

Edited by Deborah Tannen and Muriel Saville‑Troike

Ablex, 1985

This collection focuses attention on a relatively neglected component of communication‑silence-- with research from a number of disciplines.  Silence is often viewed as an out‑of‑awareness phenomenon against which talk is perceived.  By reversing polarities and treating silence as a figure to be examined against talk, the contributors highlight the universal aspects of human behavior while emphasizing its complex nature as cultural phenomenon.  The authors give silence a forum in which to be heard.

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© 2009 Deborah Tannen