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We live our lives in conversation, building families, societies and civilisations. In over seven thousand languages across the world, the basic infrastructure by which we communicate remains the same. This is the first ever book-length linguistic introduction to conversation analysis (CA), the field that has done more than any other to illuminate the mechanics of interaction. Starting by locating CA by reference to a number of cognate disciplines investigating language in use, it provides an overview of the origins and methodology of CA. By using conversational data from a range of languages, it examines the basic apparatus of sequence organisation: turn-taking, preference, identity construction and repair. As the basis for these investigations, the book uses the twin analytic resources of action and sequence to throw new light on the origins and nature of language use.Read more
- Provides data and reported research on a wide range of languages, allowing students from a range of linguistic backgrounds to access and relate to the material
- Gives a detailed explanation of transcriptional methods, enabling students to conduct their own analysis
- Assembles the various elements of interaction into a one-stop resource
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"This exciting new book is authoritatively and engagingly written: the coverage of issues in conversation analysis and the organisation of conversation is first class."
Gareth Walker, Sheffield University
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- Date Published: September 2016
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521198509
- length: 334 pages
- dimensions: 254 x 180 x 19 mm
- weight: 0.8kg
- contains: 25 b/w illus. 1 table
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: why study conversation?
2. Towards an understanding of action: origins and perspectives
3. Why that, now?: position and composition in interaction
4. Interaction in time: the centrality of turntaking
5. The structure of sequences I: preference organisation
6. The structure of sequences II: knowledge and authority in the construction of identity
7. Halting progressivity: the organisation of repair
8. Conclusion: discovering order.
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