Sighing in Interaction: Somatic, Semiotic, and Social

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Participants in interaction routinely orient to gaze, bodily comportment, and nonlexical vocalizations as salient for developing an analysis of the unfolding course of action. In this article, I address the respiratory phenomenon of sighing, the aim being to describe sighing as a situated practice that contributes to the achievement of particular actions in interaction. I report on the various actions sighs implement or construct and how their positioning and delivery informs participants' understandings of their significance for interaction. Data are in American English. Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-200
JournalResearch on Language and Social Interaction
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


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