Would you want to play Jeopordy without a buzzer? :)
In message <BFF90FB6CF66D111BF4F0000F840DB850539DC62@LASSIE>, "Lisa Lippert (Dusseau
>Studies of how people communicate show that overlapping (full-duplex) is
>necessary. I'm pretty sure it was in Deborah Tannen's book "You Just
>Don't Understand" that I read about this. It's a good book; Tannen's a
>sociolinguist, not a pop psychologist.
>Anyway, studies have shown that much of the meta-communication that goes
>on in a conversation goes on during those short periods where voice
>overlaps. Let's say you're explaining a difficult concept to me over a
>half-duplex connection. How do you know when to stop explaining? How
>do you know when to go into more detail? You could just go on and on --
>how could I say "OK I understand that concept, but what about this?" In
>a full-duplex voice-only conversation, I would sprinkle an encouraging
>"mm-hmm" or discouraging "uhh...", while you are talking, as a cue to
>you to know whether I am understanding.