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Wooffitt, Robin and Nicola Holt. 2011. Introspective Discourse and the Poetics of Subjective Experience. Research on Language and Social Interaction 44 (2) : 135–156.
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This paper explores poetic phenomena—such as rhymes, alliteration, puns—that emerge in the introspective reports of people who took part in a psychology experiment. It is argued that these phenomena are a kind of discourse poetics, distinguished in conversational data by Sacks and then addressed by e.g. Jefferson. It is also demonstrated that these poetic forms are not accidental, but that they constitute pragmatic achievements.