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Conversation Analysis: An Introduction

ISBN: 978-1-4051-5901-2
296 pages
April 2010, ©2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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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.
  • Introduces the main findings, methods and analytic techniques of conversation analysis (CA) – a growing interdisciplinary field exploring language and social interaction
  • Provides an engaging historical overview of the field, along with detailed coverage of the key findings in each area of CA and a guide to current research
  • Examines the way talk is composed, and how conversation structures highlight aspects of human behavior
  • Focuses on the most important domains of organization in conversation, including turn-taking, action sequencing, repair, stories, openings and closings, and the effect of context
  • Includes real-life examples and step-by-step explanations, making it an ideal guide for students navigating this growing field
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Acknowledgements.

Transcription Conventions.

1 Talk.

2 Methods.

3 Turn-Taking.

4 Action and Understanding.

5 Preference.

6 Sequence.

7 Repair.

8 Turn Construction.

9 Stories.

10 Openings and Closings.

11 Topic.

12 Context.

13 Conclusion.

References.

Index.

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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).
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  • Introduces the main findings, methods and analytic techniques of conversation analysis (CA) – a growing interdisciplinary field exploring language and social interaction
  • Provides an engaging historical overview of the field, along with detailed coverage of the key findings in each area of CA and a guide to current research
  • Examines the way talk is composed, and how conversation structures highlight aspects of human behavior
  • Focuses on the most important domains of organization in conversation, including turn-taking, action sequencing, repair, stories, openings and closings, and the effect of context
  • Includes real-life examples and step-by-step explanations, making it an ideal guide for students navigating this growing field
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“Overall, I was very favorably impressed by Conversation Analysis: An Introduction . . . n its own terms, I particularly liked the straightforward, accessible style that Sidnell uses to discuss complex ideas and materials.”  (Journal of Sociolinguistics, 1 February 2013)

“To conclude, this introduction is a rich source of authentic examples and will serve interested students and scholars very well.”  (Discourse and Communication, 1 November 2012)

"The interdisciplinary research method and field of conversation analysis (CA) is remarkably well-suited to helping teachers achieve this objective, because CA provides tools that enable first the perception, and then the scientific description and analysis of regular patterns of human social conduct - patterns that organize, and make meaningful, the world of everyday life." (Language in Society, 2011)

"This book is an excellent text to introduce students to conversation analysis, situating it historically and with reference to other approaches to human language behavior. Sidnell uses insightful explanations of examples of spoken interactions to present a comprehensive and well-integrated overview of concepts and methods in the field."
Elaine Vine, Victoria University of Wellington

“This is a comprehensive, authoritative yet accessible introduction to Conversation Analysis. Sidnell captures so well both the analytic mentality of CA, and the complexity and sheer contingency of ordinary conversation.”
Paul Drew, University of York

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