Why is Mrs Thatcher interrupted so often?

@article{Beattie1982WhyIM,
  title={Why is Mrs Thatcher interrupted so often?},
  author={Geoffrey W. Beattie and Anne Cutler and Mark Pearson},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1982},
  volume={300},
  pages={744-747}
}
If a conversation is to proceed smoothly, the participants have to take turns to speak. Studies of conversation have shown that there are signals which speakers give to inform listeners that they are willing to hand over the conversational turn1–4. Some of these signals are part of the text (for example, completion of syntactic segments), some are non-verbal (such as completion of a gesture), but most are carried by the pitch, timing and intensity pattern of the speech; for example, both pitch… CONTINUE READING
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