Surprise As an Interactional Achievement : Reaction Tokens in Conversation *

@inproceedings{Wilkinson2006SurpriseAA,
  title={Surprise As an Interactional Achievement : Reaction Tokens in Conversation *},
  author={Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger},
  year={2006}
}
when encountering “unexpectedness” (Reizenzein 2000) or “expectancy violations” (Scherer, Zentner, and Stern 2004)—is commonly regarded as a fundamental human emotion (Ortony and Turner 1990; Strongman 2003). Like other “basic” or “primary” emotions—happiness, sadness, fear, anger, and disgust—it is typically inferred from characteristic facial expressions, bodily postures, and vocalizations (Tomkins 1962). Raised eyebrows, open mouth, upflung hands, and gasps and exclamations are common… CONTINUE READING

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