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Conversation Analysis: An Introduction (Language in Society)by Jack Sidnell
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Combining the main findings, methods and analytic techniques of this central approach to language and social interaction, along with real-life examples and step-by-step explanations, Conversation Analysis is the ideal student guide to the field.
Introducing the main findings, methods and analytic techniques of this central approach to language and social interaction, using real-life examples and providing step-by-step explanations, Conversation Analysis is the ideal student guide to the field.
The book provides a picture of the way talk is composed, beginning with an overview and brief historical sketch of the field of conversation analysis (CA) and the key research methods it uses. It focuses on the most important domains of organization in conversation, including turn-taking, action sequencing, repair, stories, openings and closings, and explores the effect of context through a review of foundational studies and contemporary work. Sidnell provides both an overview of the key findings in each area of CA and a guide to current research. Ideal for students of linguistics, sociology, and anthropology, this volume expertly navigates the main findings of this growing field.
'Conversation analysis' is an approach to the study of social interaction that focuses on practices of speaking that recur across a range of contexts and settings. The early studies in this tradition were based on the analysis of English conversation. More recently, however, conversation analysts have begun to study talk in a broader range of communities around the world. Through detailed analyses of recorded conversations, this book examines differences and similarities across a wide range of languages including Finnish, Japanese, Tzeltal Mayan, Russian, and Mandarin. Bringing together interrelated methodological and analytic contributions, it explores topics such as the role of gaze in question-and-answer sequences, the organization of repair, and the design of responses to assessments. The emerging comparative perspective demonstrates how the structure of talk is inflected by the local circumstances within which it operates.
About the Author
Jack Sidnell is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on the structures and practices of talk and interaction in a range of settings. In addition to extensive research in the Caribbean, Sidnell has examined talk in court and among young children. He is the author Talk and Practical Epistemology: The Social Life of Knowledge in a Caribbean Community (2005) and the editor of Conversation Analysis: Comparative Perspectives (2009).
Table of Contents
4 Action and Understanding.
8 Turn Construction.
10 Openings and Closings.
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