ERIC Number: ED198598
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Interruptions as an Index of Communication Dominance.
Camden, Carl; Kennedy, Carole
A study was conducted to examine speech interruption patterns as an index of communication dominance and gender differences in language behavior. Six graduate student groups involving a total of 35 subjects were videotaped. The data extracted for study were 255 transcribed interruption sequences. A category system was developed and used to code preinterruption, interruption, and postinterruption speech behavior. Interruptions were found to be an inadequate communication dominance index. Additionally, graduate student women were found to be interrupted, to interrupt, and to speak following an interruption significantly more often than the graduate student men. No significant differences between the sexes were detected in type of preinterruption or postinterruption speech behavior; however, more cross-sex interruptions occurred than could be accounted for by chance alone. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Dominance; Interruption
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Speech Communication Association (San Jose, CA, February 14-17, 1981).