Sighing in interaction: Somatic, semiotic, and social
Sighing in interaction: Somatic, semiotic, and social. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 47
(2), 175-200. doi:10.1080/08351813.2014.900229.
Participants in interaction routinely orient to gaze, bodily comportment, and nonlexical vocalizations as salient for developing an analysis of the unfolding course of action. In this article, I address the respiratory phenomenon of sighing, the aim being to describe sighing as a situated practice that contributes to the achievement of particular actions in interaction. I report on the various actions sighs implement or construct and how their positioning and delivery informs participants’ understandings of their significance for interaction. Data are in American English