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Vásquez, Camilla and Abeer Mohammad. 2015. ‘Rachel's not here’: Constructed dialogue in gossip. Journal of Sociolinguistics 19 (3) : 351–371.
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This analysis of an extended gossip occasion within a study group interaction at a U.S. university, shows how constructed dialogue both elicits and justifies untoward evaluations of an absent third party, and constitutes the axis around which group members parley values and norms to attain a shared moral stance. Alignment in gossip interactions appears frail and must be endlessly revived.