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Offering insights from a Who's Who of scholars in interpersonal communication

“A highly beneficial contribution to the field with chapters that are clear and concise and illuminate the interesting and important aspects of interpersonal communication. With each chapter students are informed about the components of the theory and are also provided with examples that they can relate to, which really brings these theories to life.”

—René Dailey, University of Texas at Austin

“I love this book for its insight, organization, and inclusiveness. I like that the authors use specific examples and then apply their theory to the examples for illustration—this is how students begin to learn how to use and understand theories. What an accessible, thorough, and user-friendly book.”

—Maureen P. Keeley, Texas State University-San Marcos

Engaging Theories in Interpersonal ...

Conversation Analysis Theory: A Descriptive Approach to Interpersonal Communication
Conversation analysis theory: A descriptive approach to interpersonal communication
JennyMandelbaum1

Conversation Analysis (CA) Theory offers an observation-based descriptive theory of communication (or, more specifically for CA, talk and other conduct in interaction) with implications for the study of interpersonal communication. A primary aim of CA is to lay out the basic sense-making practices and regularities of interaction that form the basis for everyday communication, in both informal and professional settings. CA uses field recordings of conversation and other kinds of talk and embodied conduct in interaction as data, and builds systematic descriptions of the mechanisms that make human conduct possible. Taken together, these descriptions constitute a theory of communication. The key evidence for determining the relevance of these ...

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