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ERIC Number: EJ902591
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0163-853X
Anticipating Distracted Addressees: How Speakers' Expectations and Addressees' Feedback Influence Storytelling
Kuhlen, Anna K.; Brennan, Susan E.
Discourse Processes: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v47 n7 p567-587 2010
To what extent are speakers' utterances shaped by their expectations of addressees' behavior, and to what extent are they shaped by the feedback they receive from addressees? In 39 pairs (32 men and 46 women), speakers told addressees 2 jokes. Addressees were either attentive or else distracted by a second task, and speakers expected addressees to be either attentive or distracted. Attentive addressees gave more feedback than distracted addressees. Speakers with attentive addressees told the jokes with more vivid details than those with distracted addressees, but only when they expected attentive addressees. Speakers with distracted addressees put less time into the task than did those with attentive addressees, but only when they did not expect them to be distracted. These results suggest that speakers' narrations are shaped not only by addressees' feedback, but also by how speakers construe a lack of feedback on the part of a distracted addressee. (Contains 1 table and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York