Conversation is something people engage in every day, routinely, and without giving it any particular attention. Imagine life without being able to engage in conversation with other people; this would make a lot of things in everyday life very difficult. The term conversation usually refers to spoken interaction, although nonverbal communication—such as gaze, gestures, and mimicry—are also part of the interaction. This entry discusses types and models in the study of conversations, framing and positioning in conversation, and conversational styles and topics.

Conversation Types and Models

Conversations may be of different character. The most common variety happens informally, symmetrically, and for the purposes of establishing and maintaining social ties. Other conversations are of a more formal character, such as job interviews or doctor–patient conversations. Conversations that take ...

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