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When to Speak in a Conversation

- Introduction A conversation necessarily requires multiple participants, and assuming all members have the right to speak, the act of turn-taking will take place. Schegloff and Sacks wrote that “two basic features of conversation are proposed to be: (1) at least, and no more than, one party speaks at a time in a single conversation; and (2) speaker change recurs” (1973:293), with the latter highlighting the ubiquity of turn-taking in spoken discourse. The first feature is rather idealistic, with overlaps frequent in everyday conversation, but it implies a sense of general cooperation, with participants typically allowing speakers to finish their turn before taking their own....   [tags: Conversation, Speaking, Communication]

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A Crucial Conversation

- A crucial conversation, according to authors Patterson, Grenny, McMillian & Switzler (2012), is one in which “opinions vary”, “stakes run high”, and “emotions run strong” (p.1-2). Leaders will often avoid these conversations until the situation has become serious (Patterson et al., 2012). It is an important nursing leadership skill to effectively manage these tough conversations. Whether the conversation is about disrespectful behavior, professional practice issues, or patient safety, it is never easy (Maxfield et al., 2005a; Patterson et al., 2012)....   [tags: Nursing, Nurse, Conversation, Florence Nightingale]

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Compare Two Articles in Terms of Their Use of Conversation Analysis

- Introduction: Conversation Analysis (CA) was defined by Hutchby and Wooffitt (2008) as ‘the systematic analysis of the talk produced in everyday situations of human interaction: talk-in-interaction’ (p. 11). This suggests that only what is observed during an interaction, the talk produced will be taken into consideration in the data analysis done by conversation analysts. This view was echoed by many conversation analysts including ten Have (2006) who highlighted that CA focuses on ‘emic categories [which] are ‘discovered’ during [an] investigation’ (p....   [tags: Conversation Analysis (CA) ]

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A Conversation Overheard

- A Conversation Overheard Laughing and crying. Like salt and pepper, peanut butter and jelly, they go together. Yeah, they do. Think about it. People laugh until they cry, some people laugh through their tears. And, after you finish either process, you usually feel better, am I right. Also, both laughing and crying are essential to survival in life. No one can successfully thrive and function without doing either of these things, laughing and crying. All that emotion kept inside, with no means of escape....   [tags: Dialogue Conversation Essays]

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A Conversation with My Father by Grace Paley

- “A Conversation with My Father”, by Grace Paley The short-story “A Conversation with My Father”, by Grace Paley, combines several themes and the author uses the elements of abandonment, denial, irony, humor and foreshadowing, to bring this emotional story together. This story is mainly about the relationship between a parent and his child. The primary characters are a father, and his child. There is no mention of whether the child is his daughter or son. The tone of the story and the conversations made me believe that the old man has a daughter, and hence I will refer to the child as his daughter....   [tags: A Conversation with My Father by Grace Paley]

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Types of Conversation

- Question 1: Describe the situation and why the conversation will be a difficult one. This August, during my short vacation back home, I am planning to have a difficult conversation with a former fellow who I have known three years ago while I was serving in the Taiwanese Armed Forces. We were best friends at that time; however, due to a series of misunderstanding occurred in the last month of our service, we stopped talking to each other ever since and eventually became estranged. Now every time when I look back at our withering friendship, I cannot help but feel regret about it....   [tags: Communication, Misunderstanding]

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Fluency in Conversation

- The lesson that was observed was given to a group of adolescents around fourteen years old, with B1 and B2 level (Intermediate to Upper Intermediate). It aimed to practice the use of past and past perfect through conversation. The strategy was basically to encourage students to talk about their experiences during this academic year, therefore to make them produce language and to foster the use of complex grammatical structures. Regardless the complete fulfilment of the objective, the session was a useful opportunity for the learners to concentrate on fluency by taking away the stress of evaluation to which they are often exposed to....   [tags: Language]

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Conversation Essay

- “Can you believe that crazy girl Mom?”, asked Brenda. “Well she does love excitement and is willing to try anything like that.”, Explained her mom Bonnie. “ Yeah, but bungee jumping. I just can’t imagine myself doing something like that. But that’s probably why I love her so much. She’s always excited about something and somehow has the power to rub off on people.” Said Brenda. “Yeah she’s always excited about something new every time I see her. She’s just so cute when she plays with Molly, you know, Molly just loves all that attention Daralynn gives her....   [tags: Conversation Essays]

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Turing And The Intricacies Of Conversation

- Question 1: Turing offers his test in place of the question, “Can machines think?” Are there other tests that he could have offered just as well, for example, “Can machines play chess?” In fact, machines can now play chess much better than any human. Why wouldn’t Turing take this as an adequate proof that machines can think. Should we. A machine that can beat a human in chess has effectively passed a Turing-like test in this category. It is easy to imagine that, even if one was a grandmaster, if one played a game of chess over the Internet and knew that the opponent had world-class ability, it would be impossible to know whether the other player was a human or a computer....   [tags: Philosophy of mind, Mind, Consciousness, Output]

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Join The Conversation with the Customer

- Customer engagement is a key ingredient in todays marketing environment. Most companies know the importance of online interaction. The rapid growth of social networking sites has created unique opportunities for dynamic real-time communication between brands and their customers. Surprisingly, the great majority of businesses have yet to ‘join the conversation”, missing out on the benefits of this powerful marketing strategy. A recent study, by Econsultancy, found that only 10% of all businesses are actively participating in the social networking revolution....   [tags: customer, marketing, social networking, ]

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Personal Narrative : A Simple Conversation

- “Promise you’ll be back by July 4th Dad,” I said before, my dad went to his job which took him all over the country. “I promise I will be back before The 4th of July. Maybe even earlier if it’s as easy as they say.” It was a simple conversation a simple promise. He would not keep that promise, though. This time he was going to Canada and he would miss my birthday, which was a normal thing in my household. At that point in time, I did not know it would be the last time we would have a normal goodbye....   [tags: Mother, Mother insult, Family]

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Our Conversation About the Bible

- ... Levitical codes.) Christ is the perfection of God as a human being. The Bible is penultimate. But Christ is supreme. The Bible is not the object of our worship. Christ is. The difference is not trivial. Biblicism is a rival faith to Christianity. Furthermore, Biblicism is often a clever way of avoiding the witness of Christ to maintain the status quo. The highest view of Scripture is not the one that seeks to make an idol of the Bible (biblicism), but the one that allows the biblical text to exalt Christ as the living Word over all creation....   [tags: scripture, interpretation, chistian]

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The Black And White Conversation

- Assimilation is the process by which a person or a group 's language and/or culture come to resemble those of another group. Rodriguez says that he is not for assimilation any more that he is in favor for it, that assimilation is a natural occurrence that just happens. But he does position himself more towards supporting assimilation in American. He clearly believes in integration of minorities to American society in every way possible cultural and linguistically. Anglo Americans have a conflicted and confused view of assimilation, tending to ignore and at times build hate for people much different than them....   [tags: United States, Race, DREAM Act, Minority group]

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Telephone Conversation By William Shakespeare

- Even the most influential, powerful and intelligent people are looked down upon because of the color of their skin. In William Shakespeare’s classic, Othello, and Wole Soyinka’s poem, Telephone Conversation, we follow two protagonists who undergo constant racial prejudices. Othello, being set in the sixteenth century, depicts a religious black man who is often tormented by the thought that his affluent white wife, Desdemona, is unchaste. On the other hand, Telephone Conversation, being set in the mid 1900s, follows a black man hoping to purchase a home from a white landlady....   [tags: Black people, Race, Racism, White people]

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Conversation Between Plato and Aristotle

- Dialogue Between Plato and Aristotle 2 As students file into the auditorium of the Academy the first thing that we all notice is the two professors that were standing at the front of the room. After all the students were seated that is when the first professor stepped forward to address the class. Plato: Good Morning Students. Students: Good Morning Professor. Plato: Many of you may know who I am and then there are those of you that do not. For those of you that do not know who I am, my name is Plato....   [tags: Knowledge, Philosophy]

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World Café Conversation Method

- Explanation of the method According to the information from The World Café (2008), the process of Café conversation starts at small café-style tables with four to five people each. Individuals will switch to another table on each round of conversation which takes approximately 20-30 minutes. After completing the first round of conversation, one person will remain at the table and become the “host” for the explanation of the main ideas, themes and questions from the previous conversations. While the others, which carry key ideas, themes and questions to link and connect into their new conversations....   [tags: communication psychology, mind-mapping]

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Holmes on Conversation Styles

- Holmes (2000: 300) stated that : It seems possible that for men mock-insults and abuse serve the same function – expressing solidarity and maintaining social relationships – as complements and agreeing comments do for women For the writer, he agrees with this statement because for male counterpart; it’s hard to find and identify the equivalent for men towards women’s gossip. Men tend to discuss and focus on things and activities, rather than feelings and also personal experience as the main topic for conversation....   [tags: politeness in language, men and women differences]

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Embodiesd Conversation Agents (ECSs)

- ... Studies have suggested that the use of human social skills by embodied agents will ensure more natural and engaging interaction. On the other hand, other studies argue that embodied agents which use human behavior skills may produce false picture of their abilities due to the fact that they may be perceived more intelligent than they really are [30]. Furthermore, in the next two sections we will describe some limitations of Embodied Conversational agents, and indicate the design decision’s perspectives of virtual agents....   [tags: overview, concerns, agents, design]

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Sex, An Easy Conversation

- Since when is the topic of sex an easy conversation to have with children. Not knowing what age is appropriate to bring it up and also giving the list of all the outcomes and responsibilities that come with it. In most cases parents do not know that their children are being exposed to sex. They think that their children will not know about this topic until the parents give them what is known as “the birds and the bees” talk. What they do not realize is that the media and their fellow peers have beaten them to the punch....   [tags: Sexual intercourse, Human sexual behavior]

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The First Conversation With Someone You Know

- The first conversation with someone you know. The first person I talked to was my son Joseph. Our conversation lasted about thirty to thirty-five minutes. In opening the conversation I asked him if he was ready for bed not knowing that the conversation would move into a more sensitive topic in which it was about his Asperger. Joe’s Asperger is a very sensitive topic and he doesn’t like to talk about so I was surprised that he was willing bring up the conversation on his own. I wasn’t going to pass up on this conversation, so I began with a question to keep the conversation going and then give feedback when needed....   [tags: Nonverbal communication, Communication, Talk radio]

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The Flight From Conversation By Sherry Turkle

- In today’s society, Technology is the main player in the way we communicate. Cell phones and social media made the communication easier for people to contact each other. It extends time less to connect between long distance friends. Also, it helps people to spread and enlarge circle of friendships around the world. However, people are losing the way of face-to-face conversation. Sherry Turkle is an expert on culture and therapy, mobile technology, social networking, and sociable robotics argued in her article “the flight from conversation” how using technology can affect our behavior in conversation....   [tags: Mobile phone, Technology, Time, Face]

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The Use of Sound in Coppola’s The Conversation

- We realised, we being the young filmmakers I used to hang around with, that sound is your special friend and does at least 50% of the job sharing with picture. (Coppola) (Thinking Sound, 2011) As an audience we are manipulated from the moment a film begins. In this essay I wish to explore how The Conversation’s use of sound design has directly controlled our perceptions and emotional responses as well as how it can change the meaning of the image. I would also like to discover how the soundtrack guides the audience’s attention with the use of diegetic and nondiegetic sounds....   [tags: Cinematic Techniques, Film Analysis]

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The Humorous Take on Racism in Telephone Conversation

- Discrimination has existed since the dawn of men. We have all experienced it in one form or another and sometimes we’ve discriminated without even realizing it. There have been plenty of people who have fought against discrimination by teaching others. Using anger, fear, and guilt many have spread the word to be more tolerant of others but one less common way this has been accomplished is through humor. Wole Soyinka does this well in his poem “Telephone Conversation” in which he takes a more humorous and ironic approach on discrimination....   [tags: funny jokes and cartoons ]

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The Flight From Conversation By Sherry Turkle

- In the article, The Flight from Conversation featured in The New York Times, author Sherry Turkle pleads to technology user to look up from their phones, iPads and computers. She explains just how harmful technology can be to our social aspects of life. Turkle makes great use of ethos and pathos by showing her credibility and connecting herself to the audience. And although Turkle does make some solid arguments, I feel as if her extreme lack of logos diminishes her entire argument. Turkle does represent great credibility from the start....   [tags: Rhetoric, Critical thinking]

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Social Issue On Racism, The Telephone Conversation

- Social Issue on Racism “The Telephone Conversation” Wole Soyinka is a name that is larger than life in the literary world. His masterclass comes to the fore in the poem Telephone conversation (Soyinka 52). The poem has subtitles, irony, and an underlying theme, which is racism. A dark reality that he skillfully reveals and shows is utterly ridiculous. The poem introduces a West African persona to the audience. The poem tells the story of the man who makes a phone call to a potential landlady, as he is in need of a place to stay....   [tags: Discrimination, Race, Racism, Africa]

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A Conversation Amongst Critics ' Flowers For Algernon '

- A Conversation Amongst Critics Moderator: Hello, everyone and welcome to a new addition of the roundtable, where experts converge on topics deemed most pressing to them as of late. Freshly back from Winter Break, our contributors for today’s discussion - Plato, Aristotle, Samuel Johnson, William Wordsworth, and Benjamin Arnold - have plenty to say concerning our topic of the day. These worthy gentlemen have convened, and informed me that their topic of discussion will be the literary worthiness of popular novel, Flowers for Algernon, by the esteemed Daniel Keyes....   [tags: Emotion, Feeling, Mental retardation]

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A Conversation With Someone Whose First Language

- If you have ever had a conversation with someone whose first language is not the same as your own, you are probably familiar with the idea that there are certain words and phrases that do not translate perfectly from one language to another. This conflict is usually a matter of one language having a single word or succinct phrase for a concept which another language might need an entire sentence to capture. When I was ten, my parents hosted Thanksgiving dinner at our home. Toward the end of the evening, my grandmother asked my grandfather if he wanted to go for a walk....   [tags: Poetry, Translation, Poetic form, Meter]

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Demonstrative Communication: Face to Face Conversation

- Demonstrative communication is essential to face-to-face conversations. This form of communication includes everything but the words you speak. When engaged in a presentation or face-to-face conversation the actual words that come out of the mouth are not nearly as important as the signals sent while delivering the message. Matter of fact, only 7% of a message is the verbal communication and the remainder is 38% tone and 55% non-verbal cues (Lee, 2010). Tone is a form of non-verbal communication that can change the perception of the message entirely....   [tags: signals, verbal, nonverbal, tone]

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The Telephone Conversation by Wole Soyinka

- The Telephone Conversation by Wole Soyinka The "Telephone Conversation" by Wole Soyinka is a poem that's title is very casual and straight forward. The poem's title shows the reader that what they are meant to read is realistic and free flowing. Like most poems there is a general theme that is carried on from start to end. The "Telephone Conversation" has two main obvious themes; these are racism and the lack of education and understanding that some people may have. As the reader reads through the play they become aware that the persona is African and therefore has a darker skin tone than white skinned people....   [tags: Papers Poem Poetry]

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The Final Conversation in A Doll's House

- The Final Conversation in A Doll's House The final scene of A Doll's House is one of the most famous and hotly debated moments in modern drama, endlessly argued about. I make no attempt here to account for all the complexities of this fascinating scene, but once again I'd like to offer some observations to fuel further discussion. Torvald's behaviour once he reads Krogstad's letter totally demolishes the illusion Nora has taken refuge in, and the lectures he delivers to Nora at the start of the scene remind us unmistakably of what a total social prig he is, determined to salvage what he can by deception and very angry at Nora for what she has done....   [tags: Dolls House essays]

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Turn Taking Mechanisms in Conversation

- Turn Taking Mechanisms in Conversation From the amount of conversations we witness on a daily basis we can see that they are governed by some sort of mechanism or rules. From these observations, it becomes clear that turn taking is a major constituent of conversation, with the arrangement of talk across two participants. Levinson (1983: 296) explains that, despite the ‘obvious’ nature of turn taking (i.e. A speaks, then B speaks, then A speaks again) the way in which distribution is achieved is “Anything but obvious”....   [tags: Papers]

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Instant Messaging the Conversation of Tomorrow

- Instant Messaging the Conversation of Tomorrow I can remember my first day here at Eastern Michigan University. I moved in all of my belongings, including the new computer my parents bought me to start off the new school year. After setting everything up in my room I hooked up the computer and signed on to my AOL Instant Messenger for the first time. I wanted a screen name that would some how reflect my personality and ended up with butterfly3742. The butterfly referring to my free spirit emerging from the cocoon of my parent’s home, and the 3742 was the last four digits of my brand new very own telephone number....   [tags: Computers Communication Essays]

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Making Conversation And The Primacy Of Practice By Kwame Anthony Appiah

- There has been many discussions about how people try to fit in society, whether it is for music, interests in subjects, or even trying to fit in a specific culture. Groups and individuals seems to have a distinction among each other when it comes down to fitting in society and how they differ and have tensions among each other to conform to social norms. In “Making Conversation” and “The Primacy of Practice” by Kwame Anthony Appiah discusses how all cultures have similarities and differences but sometimes those differences are so different that they can not connect to another nation....   [tags: Sociology, Culture, Cosmopolitanism]

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Conversation is the Gateway to Knowledge

- In America, the variety of peoples and learning styles (kinesthetic, visual, auditory, to name a few) make determining how one goes about acquiring knowledge a daunting task. Language is the prevailing medium we use to impart and receive the information that we apply and add to our knowledge base. Since our language is somewhat arbitrary in its meanings, we require definitions so all members have the same (or nearly the same) understanding for the terminology used. We think of knowledge as definable and assessable....   [tags: The World Weavers]

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Two Partners and Their Conversation in Regards to Being Gay

- Cameron and Mitchell communicate in the same social context, but in different historical contexts. The term context is a “linguistic place-holder” that indicates a specific place, relationship, or event. These places, relationships, or events become the context for interactions and conversations. The context in which something is said or done shapes its meaning (Pierce, 26). The context of a place, relationship or event shapes the meaning of what is said or done and, at the same time, shapes the context or where the action takes place....   [tags: Homosexuality, Mother´s Day, Society]

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The Flight From Conversation By. T Professor Sherry Turkle

- In today’s society, the advanced development of technology changes people’s ways of communication. Whatever people do or wherever people are, they are busy calling, texting, and surfing the Internet via smartphones. An article “The Flight from Conversation” written by M.I.T professor Sherry Turkle, published in The New York Times, illustrates the impacts of technology on physical communication to emphasize the necessity of stepping back from the non-verbal conversation. Throughout the article, Turkle uses various kinds of persuasive strategies to tell her readers the importance of having a face-to-face conversation....   [tags: Rhetoric, Emotion, Communication, Person]

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Analysis Of Sherry Turkle 's ' The Flight From Conversation '

- Sherry Turkle’s article in The New York Times “The Flight From Conversation”, she disputes that we need to put down the technology and rehabilitate our ability to converse with other human beings because we are replacing deep relationships with actual people for casual encounters on technology. Turkle tries to convince young and middle age individuals who are so enthralled by the technology that they are losing the ability to communicate in a public setting. Sherry Turkle unsuccessfully persuades her audience to put down the technology and engage with others in public through her strong logos appeal that overpowers her weak logos and doesn’t reliably represent herself and her research....   [tags: Rhetoric, Argument, Star Trek: The Next Generation]

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Techniques of Argumentation in Stuart Greene's Essay, Arguement as Conversation

- The essay by Stuart Greene certainly drives home the quote that “there is nothing new under the sun”. In fact, in trying to discover who to give credit for this particular quote Shakespeare, Bierce, and Ecclesiastes 1:4-11 was cited for saying it. The point here is that research is crucial to writing arguments on any topic. Without research, a person will possibly be reiterating what has already been said, which does not propel an argument forward. Although research is vital to a convincing argument, it is only the beginning....   [tags: dialogue, framing, topic]

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How Can A Gymnastics Coach Start A Global Conversation

- How can a gymnastics coach start a global conversation about innovation in education. The question I present in this personal statement is a unique one, potentially as unique as my background. Over the past twelve years I have used the functional and invaluable environment of sport to teach thousands of children. Throughout my time as a coach I have become intimately aware of how quickly children are able to learn concepts if they are taught in a manner that incorporate explicit instruction, evidence-based theory, and physical movement....   [tags: Education, Teacher, School, Psychology]

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A Conversation about Race: A Documentary by Craig Bodeker

- ... Moreover, many of the Black individuals he interviewed seemed to “look foolish” and uneducated. The question, “Are Blacks better at basketball than Whites?” is a stereotypical question and does not prove Mr. Bodeker’s claims in the least. Similarly, Mr. Bodeker claimed society cannot give credit to the White race for its successes. Mr. Bodeker points out an area where Whites excel (standardized testing). He further makes a point of saying the interviewees stated it had to be due to cultural bias, as they could not give credit to Whites....   [tags: debunking racism, film analysis]

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A Conversation Hard to Understand: A Clean, Well-Lighted Place

- Every work in literature is open to interpretation, and every person is entitled to their opinion. In a story shorter than 1,500 words, less than that of this paper, Ernest Hemingway’s A Clean, Well-Lighted Place has garnered serious debate and criticism. Written and published in 1933, Hemingway’s story containing a theme about nothing in several contexts has definitely given many critics something to talk about, but not about the usual theme, irony, or symbolism. For the past 55 years, the critics continue to debate the conflicting dialogue between the two main characters, and whether the inconsistency was intended by Hemingway or a mistake by the original typesetter....   [tags: ernest hemingway, unconventional dialogue]

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What I Have A Regular Conversation With My Brothers

- Growing up I was the youngest and also the only girl in the family. I have two older brothers who are both more than 7 years older than me. I found it very hard to talk to and relate to them being that they are so much older than me and it 's not the same when you talk to your parents because they never want you try new experiences such as meeting new people and learning new things I would often think to myself why can 't we be close like a normal family, why do we isolate ourselves from each other, why don’t they want to be home....   [tags: Want, Need, WANT, Drawing]

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Telephone Conversation

- The poem 'Telephone conversation' is staged by a black man who is looking for a flat but ends up phoning to a landlady who is racist but tries to be polite in finding out whether he is he is a dark or light one. When he first speaks to her he feels awkward as he feels he has to confess that he is African. Also I think he feels as though he has been in the same position before somewhere else and he knows what is expected from people like the landlady he is speaking to. When he tells her that he is African she becomes speechless and wants to know if he is light or dark brown....   [tags: Racism]

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Learning Necessary Life Skills: Planning, Execution and Dialogue

- Our first topic was, “How do I work toward something when I don’t know what it is?” However, in the process we began to answer other questions. We all picked a topic from the Big Questions document that we would be interested in discussing. After, we thought about how answerable the question was. For example, one of the options was, “Am I wasting time that I will regret later?” This is an amazing question. I think about this all the time. However, I don’t believe it’s a good conversation starter....   [tags: Conversation Cafe]

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Long overdue Conversation

- Long overdue Conversation Topic / Scripture : Using the time God gives us; the importance of family; Mat. 20:6 “About the eleventh hour he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, “Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?” Setting: Anywhere. The audience will assume that this is just a father having a conversation with his daughter, Could be in the kitchen, the living room, outside on the porch…anywhere. Characters: Don – the father. Tender hearted, he’s nervous, uncomfortable with this conversation, but intent on finally doing this right....   [tags: Drama]

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A Conversation with Anna Quindlan and Alice Walker

- A Conversation with Anna Quindlan and Alice Walker It was an early Fall afternoon. The kind of afternoon which lends itself to quiet contemplation of the meaning of life, either while sitting under a tree, or walking through the woods admiring the changing foliage, or writing by sunlight in a quiet coffeeshop I had begun to call home. This particular afternoon I opted for the coffeeshop. I walked through the door and waved to Theresa, who was standing behind the counter. In the three years I had been coming to this place I was never served by anyone but Theresa....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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Commentary on Telephone Conversation by Wole Soyinka

- Commentary on Telephone Conversation by Wole Soyinka Wole Soyinka recollects vividly in Ake Mrs. Huti talking about white racism. He was thus mentally prepared to cope with the racism before he left for England. The race problem which has been treated with levity in the immigrant poems is treated from the poet’s personal experience in “Telephone Conversation.” “Telephone Conversation” involves an exchange between the black speaker and a white landlady. This poem more than any other is enriched by Soyinka’s experience of drama....   [tags: English Literature]

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Prejudice in To Kill A Mockingbird & Telephone Conversation

- The dictionary defines prejudice as a learned, preformed, and unsubstantiated judgment or opinion about an individual or a group, either favorable or unfavorable in nature. Through the study of the book, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and the poem Telephone Conversation by Wole Soyinka, ones understanding of prejudice and what makes up prejudice changes considerably for what could be perceived as for the better or for the worse. Being ignorant of what is happening or not knowing and properly understanding what prejudice is can make it easy to turn a blind eye to what is happening around you....   [tags: Harper Lee Wole Soyinka]

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Towards Conversation Entailment : An Empirical Investigation" by Chen Zhang and Joyce Y

- In the research paper \Towards Conversation Entailment : An Empirical Investigation", the authors Chen Zhang and Joyce Y. Chai investigate the problem of conversation entailment [which is the process of inferring hypotheses from conversational scripts]. For this they examine two levels of semantic representations - basic representation based on the syntactic parsing from conversation utterances and augmented representation which takes into consideration conversation structures. The authors further explored two techniques to capture long distance relations between language constituents - implicit modeling based on the length of distance and explicit modeling based on actual patterns of relati...   [tags: paper critique, long distance relations]

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The Relationship Between Various Contextual Factors and Its Effect on Political Conversation and Participation

- Many communication theories, as well as various disciplines of social science, have investigated the multifaceted relationship between various communicative involvement and political or civic participation in light of deliberative democracies. As Delli Carpini and his colleagues (Delli Carpini, Cook, & Jacobs, 2004, p. 316) note, “At least one tradition within democratic theory has long designated public deliberation as a cornerstone of participatory democracy and representative government.” Here, public deliberation largely means various forms of everyday political conversation⎯“By ‘political conversation’ we mean all kinds of political talk, discussion, or argument as long as they a...   [tags: Political Science]

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Sociological Analysis of a Naturally Occuring Conversation Between Two People

- In this assignment, I will be conducting a Sociological analysis of a piece of naturally occurring interaction between two people. I will complete this by doing a transcription the piece of interaction using the work of Harvey Sacks and his work on conversation analysis. For this the piece of interaction I have used is that off a radio station. This involves George Galloway hosting his programme on Talk Sport and having a debate with a male who phones into the show. For this piece of interaction I will highlight many key theories that are covered in conversation analysis, such as turn taking, arguing, teasing and clashes of characters within the discourse....   [tags: Argumentative Atmosphere, George Galloway]

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Sex Lies And Conversation : Why Is It So Hard For Men And The Sound Of Silence

- A conversation between a man and a woman is very different to one between a woman and a woman or between a man and another man. Both genders have very different ways of communicating. In the essay, “Sex Lies and Conversation: Why Is It So Hard For Men And Women To Talk To Each Other”, Deborah Tannen observes the different communication styles both genders have along with the factors of linguistic battle between the sexes, listening to body language, and the sound of silence. In the text, it is evident that there is a excessive extent that these linguistic differences are a major factor in the conversations between men and women....   [tags: Gender, Female, Woman, Gender role]

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Commonality In Blake's The Little Black Boy and Soyinka's Telephone Conversation

- Separated by centuries, races, national identities, and countless literary movements, the English poet and artist William Blake and Nigerian poet and playwright Wole Soyinka still find commonality in their writings. They have somewhat of a thematic overlap; both Blake and Soyinka address a question of race in their poems “The Little Black Boy” and “Telephone Conversation,” respectively. The former details the story of an African child who comes to the profound realization that only after death can different races of humans be equalized....   [tags: William Blake, Wole Soyinka, Analysis]

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A Conversation with Socrates

- The scene: inside the Perry-Castañeda Library, as I doze off over a paperback of Plato’s Republic. Socrates materializes before me in a sudden, puzzling flash of light. Me. Socrates, why am I here. Socrates. Your parents willed it so. I am afraid I do not follow the intent of your question. Me. I mean, at this university, that is. What am I doing here. Is there any ethical or moral justification for my attainment of a college education. What is the purpose of my education. Socrates. I do not believe I can produce an adequate answer....   [tags: Philosophy]

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The Conversation of Ezana

- The Conversion of Ezana The kingdom of Aksum which reached its height during the reign of King Ezana. Although Christianity likely presided among foreign merchants, Ezana is credited with Christianizing the affluent and expansive kingdom. The reformation which took place in the ancient kingdom may have been a political maneuver to solidify trade relations with the Roman Empire. Following the traditionally accepted legend of Frumentius and Aedesius’s influence upon Ezana, Christianity presented itself first among the royal family....   [tags: christianity, Aksum, Aksumite kingdom]

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Racism in Cullen's Incident and Soyinka's Telephone Conversation

- Racism in Cullen's Incident and Soyinka's Telephone Conversation The poem "Incident," by Countee Cullen, deals with the effect racism has on a young black child vacationing in Baltimore. The child is mistreated by a white child and disturbed in his innocence so much that after spending seven months in Baltimore, this is all he remembers. A different poem, "Telephone Conversation, " by Wole Soyinka, also deals with this issue, but from a different perspective. In this poem a man is trying to rent an apartment but the owner of the complex doesn’t want him to move in because he is African....   [tags: Incident Telephone]

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Idle Minds and Wagging Tongues: Conversation in Anna Karenina

- Idle Minds and Wagging Tongues: Conversation in Anna Karenina Perhaps one of the most striking scenes in Anna Karenina is that of Kitty and Levin’s silent declarations of love to each other, etched out cryptically in chalk on a card table, with each understanding innately the exact words the other was saying (362). With the relationship between Kitty and Levin serving as Tolstoy’s model for a strong and successful love, it appears odd that such a relationship should be founded on silence, and in such sharp contrast to the chatter of Society surrounding the couple at the party....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Prejudice in Telephone Conversation and Dinner Guest-Me

- Prejudice in Telephone Conversation and Dinner Guest-Me In the two poems, ‘Telephone Conversation’ and ‘Dinner Guest-Me,’ each poet uses their poetry as a means of confronting and challenging prejudice. In ‘Telephone Conversation’ by Wole Soyinka, a phone conversation takes place between an African man and a very artificial lady about renting out a room. When the lady finds out he is African she becomes very prejudiced and racist towards him. ‘Dinner Guest-Me’ by Langston Hughes is about a black man going to a dinner party where he is the only coloured person there, like he is the ‘token black.’ Anger and a sense of humour are shown in both of the poems....   [tags: Wole Soyinka Langston Hughes Poetry Essays]

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Personal Narrative - A Conversation about My Father

- A Conversation about My Father "'This is the only person in the world who understands me' he always said, holding you proudly high above his head. Oh, he adored you... but, I guess I you wouldn't remember that, you were just a baby," my mother sadly responded. That was the first time I dared to ask her the obviously painful questions about my father, who had died when I was two. I was nine then and felt I was old enough to know and wise enough to understand, so I sat on a stool in the corner of our tiny, cramped kitchen in Columbus, listening to my mother paint a picture of our family....   [tags: Personal Narrative essay about myself]

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Racism in Amistad, To Kill a Mocking Bird, and Telephone Conversation

- The texts To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee, Amistad directed by Steven Spielberg and Telephone Conversation by Wole Soyinka explore the issue of racism. These three texts focus on prejudice, discrimination, bias, behaviour and attitude revolving around the issue of discrimination because of the coulour of ones skin and the cultural and social attitudes past on from one generation to another. Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel set in the southern states of the USA in the 1930’s, a time that is “Post Abolitionist”, however a time where the culture and social structure is still entrenched with racist attitudes and laws....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Narration and Conversation in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre

- Narration and Conversation in Jane Eyre        Throughout her life, Jane Eyre, the heroine of the novel by Charlotte Bronte, relies heavily on language and story-telling to communicate her thoughts and emotions. Not only are good story-telling skills important to Jane Eyre as a the narrator, but they are also important to Jane Eyre as a character in her own novel. From the beginning of the novel, we learn of Jane's love of books -- "each picture told a story" (40) -- and of her talent for telling her own stories....   [tags: Jane Eyre Essays]

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Review of Grace Paley's A Conversation With my Father

- Review of Grace Paley's A Conversation With my Father Works Cited Missing Grace Paley's short story "A conversation with my Father," is a story of a patriarch relationship between a father and his daughter....   [tags: Papers]

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Grice's cooperative principle in the legal system

- H. P. Grice, in his theory of conversational implicature, demonstrated the heavy reliance of linguistic communication on contextual cues (Grice, 1975). In “Logic and Conversation” (1975), he states, “Make your conversational contribution such as is required, at the stage at which it occurs, by the accepted purpose or direction of the talk exchange in which you are engaged.” This Cooperative Principle (CP) asserts that participants in a conversation will tailor their contributions to the conversation to further its purpose....   [tags: Logic and Conversation, clarity]

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Communication Is The Key For Partnership And Humanity As A Whole

- Communication is the key to partnership and humanity as a whole. As I work in a kindergarten through eigth grade school I come into contact with a lot pf people. I find communicating faily easy. As I had conversations with all personnel listed in the assignment I have realized that I enjoy talking with others. I speak with students on a daily basis as I teach middle schoolers everyday. There are different conversations that a teacher can have with a student. We can directly speak as in a classroom setting, we can speak as to small talk conversation, an heart to heart conversation, it all depends on the outcome needed of the conversation....   [tags: Teacher, School, Conversation, Education]

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Corporate Understanding of Social Media Use

- Corporate Understanding of Social Media Use Do you “Like” companies on Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, or other social media sites so that updates from those companies are available on your social media pages. The move of corporations into the social media realm has been tentative but more are venturing into the habit of creating pages that promote their companies. However, social media is by design a two-way conversation in real time, and many companies are still struggling with this concept and understanding how to use it to their corporate advantage....   [tags: conversation, online, customer]

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Explain why action is central in the analysis of interaction?

- Introduction: Transcript of interactions can be examined using various methods of analysis including conversation analysis (CA), interactional sociolinguistics, politeness theory, critical discourse analysis and discursive psychology just to name a few. Researchers make decisions on which analytical framework they are to adopt in their study based on the focus of their investigation and the level of detail they hope to extract from the data (Stubbe, Lane, Hilder, Vine, Vine, Marra, Holmes and Weatherall, 2009)....   [tags: conversation analysis, linguistics, sociology]

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Bottled up Bitterness in Carolyn Kizer´s Poem Bitch

- Nearly everyone has had that dreadful encounter with the last person they want to see in places such as the supermarket, dry cleaners, or the movie theaters. What follows are a few awkward moments of strained conversation while one looks for signs of bitter regret in the eyes of his or her ex. Carolyn Kizer’s poem “Bitch” depicts such a meeting. The poem guides the reader to reality of what really occurs deep beyond conversation while seeing an ex. Through the use of personification, diction, and tone, Kizer illustrates the speaker’s strife with feelings of animosity, repression, and desire for reconciliation....   [tags: reality, conversation, animosity, repression, ]

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Conversations of Thought

- Conversations of Thought There are written and read conversations taking place this very moment. The written conversation is one that happens between me (ongoing thought- conversation) and what is written onto paper. The read conversation takes place when a person, other than me, picks up what I’ve written and reads it. Thought-conversation is going on in my writing to you today; there are some going on in collegiate assembly halls, and in the conscious minds of many. However, I cannot—nor can you at the moment—read (make believe you’re not reading this right now---oops, I’ve just Ong’ed you) or hear most of these arguments, debates, agreements, disagreements, assertions that carry on....   [tags: Conversating Thinking thoughts Essays]

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The Internet and the Future of Language

- ... Nevertheless the fact that the Netspeak displays the graphic and visual aspects, it is safe to say that the Netspeak has both speech and writing properties (Crystal 47). In sociolinguistic aspect, the Internet has created so-called a virtual community. It is true that the Internet is wired worldwide and at glance computer-mediated communication (CMC) seems to have overcome the limitations of physical environments, cultural differences and time-zones, but in reality virtual communities are relatively small-scale, restricting its membership based on solidarity and creating their own distinctive dialects....   [tags: communication, audio, visual, conversation]

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The Importance of Paper and Ink in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin

- Paper and Ink Letters play a very important role in the story of Pride and Prejudice. Especially the letters of one character in particular in Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austin. Mr. Darcy's letters are a very important to build up to the climax. Letters from and to Mr. Darcy play a very important role in the novel. The two main purposes which they fulfill and they are to reveal the character’s and the characters personality of the letter writer and also the person being written to. Also letters have a practical purpose to, which its to deliver information....   [tags: letters, characters, conversation]

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How Cell Phone Use has Become a Subculture

- What would you do if you didn’t have your cellphone. A majority of today’s people would not even know what to do. Cellular phones are a part of almost everybody’s life and a major part of society today, but it never used to be like that. In the beginning phones was a way to communicate with other people when they called if they happened to be home or if people wanted to get in touch with you then, they had to leave a message with your office or on your answering machine. Most people do not stop to consider that cell phones are considered to be subculture and have changed our lives in many positive and negative ways....   [tags: communication, adolescents, conversation]

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We Can Not Imagine A World Without Technology

- We cannot imagine a world without technology. Technology has been connecting us to others, and it is pretty amazing what our mobile devices that we use every day can connect us and become effaced. We can use technology to improve our relationships with one another and can spend some quality times with each other, rather than conversing face to face. Technology has been improving from the past to present, in its: shapes, speed, collection etc. Technology plays and became a significant thing in our life....   [tags: Interpersonal relationship, Family, Conversation]

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We Have Different Dreams About College

- We have different dreams about college. For some, it’s fantastic grades. For others, it’s the adventure living away from home for the first time. We have visions of the groups we’ll join, the holidays we’ll take and the opportunity to discover ourselves. No matter what the dream is, we all need friends. And making friends in college isn’t as daunting as it seems, even if you’re shy or think you don’t know how to talk to people. In my work as a psychotherapist and coach, I’ve helped my clients make new friends in college and work situations, despite their initial fears....   [tags: Debut albums, Thing, Conversation]

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The Warsaw Pact Invasion of Czechoslovakia

- The Warsaw Pact Invasion of Czechoslovakia The world political conversation today is the state of affairs in the Ukraine with protester in recent months protesting for a more pro-western European influence of government. Since the Ukraine has been in an economic crisis in the last few years, the current President Viktor F. Yanukovich decided to take an aid package from the Russian’s. This acceptance of the Russian aid package infuriated many in the Ukraine and has stifled the government with impeachments and newly elected officials that the Russian government does not support....   [tags: World Political Conversation]

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Effects of Technology of Society

- Over the past hundred years man has visited the moon and has seen robots perform surgery, and at the root of every new achievement is technology. Upgrade after upgrade, bigger and better computers keep coming. However, this great new world is one where people prefer to stare at a screen rather than go out or have a meaningful conversation with a friend or family member. Overuse of technology leads to difficulty understanding social cues, introverted behavior, and further segregated generations, though it’s never too late to reverse the effects....   [tags: conversation, silence, awkward]

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The Down Side of Texting

- Social skills have majorly deteriorated over the past few years. Texting has aided in the crumbling of our society’s communication skills. Many have forgotten how to engage in a normal conversation. People are starting to lose sight of how to be sociable. I have walked into a room filled with people and have seen the majority of people in that room texting. There is something wrong with this type of behavior. These individuals have forgotten the gift of socialization our ancestors have given to us....   [tags: sleep, health, conversation, communication]

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Verbal and Nonverbal Communication

- This paper will be focusing on the research done on verbal and nonverbal communication. First, we need to know what verbal and nonverbal communication is. Nonverbal communication is the way in which people communicate, intentionally or unintentionally, without words. Nonverbal communication uses nonverbal cues including facial expressions, tone of voice, gestures, body position, movement, the use of touch, and gaze (Aronson, Wilson, &Akert, 2013). Verbal communication is what a person actually says....   [tags: no words conversation, facial expressions]

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The Horrors of Society Illustrated in ‘Telephone Conversation’ by Wole Soyinka and ‘Prayer Before Birth’ by Louis Macneice

- In ‘Telephone Conversation’ we have a telephone conversation between a black man who wants to rent a room, from a white woman. We see that society is ignorant and racist. ‘Prayer Before Birth’ is a poem addressed to God from the point of view of an unborn baby who is scared to go into society. They both have negative views of society. In ‘Prayer Before Birth’ society is presented as scary. The narrator is pleading and says ‘I fear’. She (no gender is specified as it is meant to symbolize all of humanity) is scared of ‘blood baths’....   [tags: desperation, emotions, poetry]

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Analysis of You Just Don't Understand, Men and Women in Conversation by Deborah Tannen

- Analysis of You Just Don't Understand, Men and Women in Conversation by Deborah Tannen In the first chapter of her book, You Just Don't Understand, Men and Women in Conversation, Deborah Tannen quotes, "...studies have shown that married couples that live together spend less than half an hour a week talking to each other...". (24) This book is a wonderful tool for couples to use for help in understanding each other. The two things it stresses most is to listen, and to make yourself heard....   [tags: Papers]

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Phaedo by Plato

- ... Socrates first establishes the existence of an underworld based on an ancient idea that souls that are born come from there; essentially, they are born from the dead. The argument continues that if the living come back from the dead, the souls must be in existence in that realm which for Socrates is proof that the living only come from the dead (Phaedo 70d). He then extends this reason to all plants, animals, and things that come to be. Socrates expounds this logic using the argument that “if something smaller comes to be, it will come from something larger before, which became smaller” (Phaedo 69e)....   [tags: last conversation of Socrates]

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