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Silences as a linguistic strategy Remarks on the role of the unsaid in romantic relationships on the internet

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Abstract

The article analyses data from a corpus of email-correspondence and chat protocolsthat describe the initial steps of romantic contacts. It shows that differenttypes of silences are used strategically in the process of people getting to knoweach other. Five silence strategies within conversations are described and theirfunctions are illustrated by typical examples.

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