Silence as discourse marker in multilingual classrooms in India

Verma, Sanchita (2017) Silence as discourse marker in multilingual classrooms in India. Language and Language Teaching, 6 (2). pp. 39-46. ISSN 2277-307X

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Silence is a complex phenomenon and interpreting it even in a trivial conversation exposes us to an entirely new dimension of language study. It is therefore surprising that silence, which forms an essential part of spoken communication, has been relatively under-researched in the domain of linguistic studies. Language and silence are in fact so dependent on each other that silence can be thought of as a complement to speech. Speech cannot find an identity without silence, and silence cannot find an identity without speech. Moreover, silence in communication is not silent; it communicates specific messages. Such a multifaceted and ambiguous phenomenon is an exciting challenge to study.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Verma, Sanchita
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Acquisition, Pedagogy, Language, Education.
Subjects: Language
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Language and Language Teaching
Full Text Status: Public
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