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Communication Competence by Brian H. Spitzberg, Annegret F. Hannawa

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Robert E. Sanders

5Competence in speaking in interactions

Abstract: Verbal interaction is a matter of two or more parties contributing utterances to the emerging whole of an interaction through alternate turns at speaking. For their respective utterances to cohere into an interaction, incrementally produce a whole, and cumulatively achieve some intended end result, speakers are not free at any point to produce whatever utterance comes to mind. Instead, their utterances are progressively constrained so as to be responsive to what has been said so far, and anticipatory of the end result which the separate utterances combine to jointly bring about. Empirical and theoretical work will be surveyed that accounts for the competence of speakers to make ...

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