Conversation Analysis: Comparative Perspectives (Studies in Interactional Sociolinguistics)

Conversation Analysis: Comparative Perspectives (Studies in Interactional Sociolinguistics)

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Cambridge University Press, 9/17/2009
EAN 9780521883719, ISBN10: 0521883717

Hardcover, 460 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 3 cm
Language: English

'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.

1. Comparative perspectives in conversation analysis Jack Sidnell
Part I. Repair and Beyond
2. Repetition in the initiation of repair Ruey-Jiuan Regina Wu
3. The site of initiation in same turn self repair Barbara Fox, Fay Wouk, Makoto Hayashi, Steven Fincke, Liang Tao, Marja-Leena Sorjonen, Minna Laakso and Wilfrido Flores Hernandez
4. Repairing reference Maria Egbert, Andrea Golato and Jeffrey D. Robinson
Part II. Aspects of Response
5. Projecting non-alignment in conversation Anna Lindström
6. Answers to inapposite inquiries Trine Heinemann
7. Gaze, questioning and culture Federico Rossano, Penelope Brown and Stephen C. Levinson
8. Negotiating boundaries in talk Makoto Hayashi and Kyung-eun Yoon
Part III. Action Formation and Sequencing
9. Alternative responses to assessments Marja-Leena Sorjonen and Auli Hakulinen
10. Language-specific resources in repair and asessments Jack Sidnell
11. Implementing delayed actions Galina B. Bolden
12. Commentary Emanuel Schegloff.

'Hooray! This is what we've been waiting for - a genuinely cross-linguistic perspective on the ways in which semiotic resources, including language and the body, are mobilized for the resolution of recurrent tasks in interaction.' Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen, University of Potsdam