Conversation Analysis (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics)

Conversation Analysis (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics)

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Rebecca Clift
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Reprint, 8/9/2016
EAN 9780521157193, ISBN10: 0521157196

Paperback, 338 pages, 24.4 x 17 x 2 cm
Language: English

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.

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.