Interrupting to Show We Care
A closer look at the interrupt-y conversational style that’s gone viral on TikTok.
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On today’s episode of Spectacular Vernacular, hosts Nicole Holliday and Ben Zimmer recap the recent New Ways of Analyzing Variation conference for sociolinguistics. They also interview Deborah Tannen, a professor of linguistics at Georgetown University and best-selling author about conversational style. And finally, Barry Lam, host of Slate’s philosophy podcast Hi-Phi Nation stops by for some wordplay. We hope you paid attention in your philosophy classes for this next quiz! You could win a year’s membership to Slate Plus.
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Produced by Jasmine Ellis.
Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
NWAV 49 (the 49th annual meeting of New Ways of Analyzing Variation)
Tweet by Cindy Noir (@Ebonie_QT) that inspired people to record Memojis code-switching between “home voices” and “work voices”
Ben’s 2011 New York Times essay, “Twitterology: A New Science?”
Twitter’s new Academic Research track
Deborah Tannen’s recent New York Times essay on cooperative overlapping, “In Real Life, Not All Interruptions Are Rude”
Sari Rachel discussing cooperative overlapping on TikTok
Deborah Tannen’s 2005 book, Conversational Style