Part 1 Introductory: introduction - an overview, Adam Jaworski; aesthetic, communicative and political silences in Laurie Anderson's performance art, Adam Jaworski. Part 2 Linguistics and pragmatics: silence and markedness theory, Wlodzimierz Sobkowiak; silence and politeness, Maria Sifianou. Part 3 Discourse analysis: silence and the acquisition of status in verbal interaction, Richard J. Watts; discourses of the unsayable - death implicative talk in geriatric medical consultations, Nikolas Coupland and Justine Coupland. Part 4 Narrative analysis: silence and revelation in the English traditional ballad, Jeffrey L. Kallen; silent and silenced voices - interactional construction of audience in social work talk, Christopher Hall et al. Part 5 Ethnography of communication: giving street directions - the silent role of women, Bessie Dendrinos and Emilia Ribeiro Pedro; silence in ritual communication, Bohdan Szuchewycz. Part 6 Cross-cultural communication: the silent Finn revisited, Kari Sajavaara and Jaakko Lehtonen; cross-cultural back channels in English refusals - a source of trouble, Noel Houck and Susan M. Gass. Part 7 Beyond language: music and silence, Andrew Edgar; silence across modalities, Alina Kwiatkowska; silence in painting - let me count the way, Marcia Hafif; silence and communication in art, Stacie Withers. Part 8 Teaching silence: teaching "discovering silence", Karl Patten. Part 9 Epilogue: "white and white" - metacommunicative and metaphorical silences, Adam Jaworski.