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Conversation Analysis: An Introduction

Conversation Analysis: An Introduction

Jack Sidnell

ISBN: 978-1-405-15900-5

Apr 2010, Wiley-Blackwell

296 pages

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£72.50

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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
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.

“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 book is overall an excellent introductory text for the undergraduate level ... On the whole, the book provides a good foundation for a student entering the field, with the main concepts and questions of CA discussed in an informal and engaging way." (Discourse Studies, 2011)

"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)

  • 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