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By invitation only? An analysis of invited and uninvited applause.

Bull, P. and Wells, P. (2002) By invitation only? An analysis of invited and uninvited applause. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 21 (3). pp. 230-244. ISSN 0261-927X

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To investigate the relative importance of invited and uninvited applause, 15 speeches delivered by the leaders of the three principal British political parties to their annual party conferences (1996-2000) were analyzed. Each incidence of applause was coded along three dimensions (invited/uninvited, presence/absence of rhetorical devices, and synchronous/asynchronous with speech). The results provided strong support for the distinction between invited and uninvited applause. Applause invited through rhetorical devices was significantly more likely to be synchronous than asynchronous with speech, whereas uninvited applause was almost exclusively asynchronous; however, uninvited applause occurred more often in the presence of rhetorical devices than in their absence. The implications of these results for the concepts of invited and uninvited applause are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Psychology (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2009 15:31
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2009 15:31
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0261927X02021003002
Status: Published
Publisher: Sage Publications
Identification Number: 10.1177/0261927X02021003002
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6717

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