This long paper enumerates many different views of the concept of interruption held by members of different research fields. Interruption has many different definitions within HCI, linguistics, sociology, and social psychology. The taxonomy attempts to clarify the meaning of the term in a given situation by explicitly identifying the various interpretations it might have.
A general definition is attempted, which joins the key concepts from all domains:
Human interruption is the process of coordinating abrupt change in people's activities.