General Tokens of the Phenomenon of Silence in Communicative Process

  • A.V. Ayvazyan
Keywords: addresser, addressee, communication process, communicative intention, marked acts of silence, silence, theory of speech acts


The focus of the present article is the phenomenon of communicative silence. In our research, firstly we have tried to distinguish communicative and non-communicative phenomena of silence. The reason for our study is the existence of non-delimitating approaches in scholarly publications concerning the above mentioned notions. Taking into consideration J. Searle's definition of a minimal communicative unit we have come to

a conclusion that an essential feature of the phenomenon of silence is a definite addresser’s intention. Secondly, we further developed our approach by applying it within communicative linguistics and singled out some general manifestations of marked and unmarked instances of silence in communicative process.


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Ayvazyan, A. (2016). General Tokens of the Phenomenon of Silence in Communicative Process. Cognition, Communication, Discourse, (12), 8-16. Retrieved from