Conversation Analysis

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Edited by: Paul Drew & John Heritage

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    • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd |
    • Publication Year: 2006 |
    • Online Publication Date: January 15, 2013 |
    • DOI: 10.4135/9781446261156 |
    • Print ISBN: 9781412918480 |
    • Online ISBN: 9781446261156 |
    • Series: SAGE Benchmarks in Social Research Methods |
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Abstract

It is now widely agreed that in latter part of the 20th century sociology has taken a ‘linguistic turn’. One of the approaches to emerge out of the linguistic turn is conversation analysis, which is now recognized as one of the most distinctive and genuinely original approaches to the study of language, communication and social interaction to have emerged during the last forty years. Research in conversation analysis over the past 30 years has shown how these and other technical aspects of talk-in-interaction are structured, socially organized resources - or methods - whereby participants perform and coordinate activities through talking together. Conversational interaction is the primordial site of human sociality. Thus these methods are the technical bedrock on which people build their social lives, and ...

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    PaulDrew & JohnHeritage

    The chapters collected in these four volumes represent some of the most significant papers to have been published in Conversation Analysis since its beginnings in the early 1960s. The field has been described as perhaps the only completely new sociological research methodology developed in the U.S. in the latter half of the twentieth century, and it has become the predominant methodology for studying social interaction within sociology and beyond. The publication of these articles in Sage's Benchmarks in Social Research Methods series reflects the impact which Conversation Analysis (hereafter CA) has had not only on sociology, but on other disciplines, especially linguistics, sociolinguistics and, increasingly, psychology. Founded in a sociological conceptualization that stresses the basically social nature of language use in ...

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