The Style and Timbre of Everyday Speech
in normal friendly conversation, it is most important to avoid silence. If somebody volunteers a piece of information or some exciting news, or puts forward an opinion, or exclaims with surprise at something, an answer is just as necessary as when a question is asked. The answer may be purely formal and may convey little or no information, but it keeps the conversation going, and prevents the discomfort of a pause.
(Abercrombie, 1965, pp. 57–58)
KeywordsImpact Zone Social Type Everyday Communication Everyday Speech English Speech
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