Introduction: Why silence and listening are important rhetorical arts

Cheryl Glenn, Krista Ratcliffe

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript

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Throughout Western history, speech has been considered a gift from the gods, the distinguishing characteristic of humans, and, therefore, the authorized medium of culture and power. Little wonder, then, that the positive features of silence and listening have been only briefly mentioned or subtly implied-if not completely ignored. Rarely have they been foregrounded as rhetorical arts vital to our communicative effectiveness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSilence and Listening as Rhetorical Arts
PublisherSouthern Illinois University Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9780809330171
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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