NYU Talk the Science of Conversation Discussion

1.In “Talk the science of conversation,” on page 38-39, it discusses how scriptwriters are conversation analysts and how a show can be a great example of how people can learn and better understand the science of conversation. I was wondering what made the script for “Friends” much more powerful and beneficial for our knowledge and understanding compared to other examples of scripts from other Tv shows and movies? Wouldn’t most scripted scenarios be an example of how we understand the use of language and conversation?

2.After citing scenes from Frozen and The Duchess in which a pause is meant to be interpreted as an indication of an insincere answer, Stokoe says that “genuine responses happen rapidly” (Stokoe, 2018). Does this apply to all questions or just yes/no questions? The examples that Stokoe cites both feature yes/no questions, but does this understanding of silence still apply in situations where more deep or thought-provoking questions are asked?

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