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A clash of ideas: A response to Auer

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This paper is written as a response to Auer's paper Rhythmic Integration in Phone Closings, at the request of the Editor of Human Studies and with a limitation on the space I may use. Both of these factors have constrained the way in which I have addressed the matter. Ideally I would have examined the details of Auer's materials in some depth. In places I have been able to make reference to them, but in the main I have concentrated on what I believe motivated the editor to request this response which is Auer's attack on Schegloff's and Sacks' (1973) paper, Opening Up Closings, and his glancing blows at conversation analysis in general.

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Button, G. A clash of ideas: A response to Auer. Hum Stud 13, 393–404 (1990). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00193571

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