The Mechanics of Good Conversation
Lecture no. 16 from the course: Language and Society: What Your Speech Says About You
Taught by Professor Valerie Fridland | 29 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses
Grasp how questions are crucial to managing conversations, and how we use them to negotiate power and status between speakers. Then examine what happens when speakers violate conversational rules through interruptions or simultaneous talk, and learn about the important functions of backchanneling—the “mmms” and “uh-huhs” that punctuate conversation.