My PhD addressed how people manage disagreements in conversation and how the different ways of offering up an idea can lead to it being expanded on or dismissed. Combining corpus analyses and experimental approaches it explored how systematically altering the presentation of someone’s stance on an issue affects the deliberative potential of a dialogue.
One aspect I looked at is how speaker commitment impacts on this process. When sharing an opinion, expressing less certainty can invite conversational partners to collaboratively develop the proposal and enable participants to refine the interpretation in a collective manner.
Interested enough to read more? You can read my thesis online.