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Chapter Nine: Conversation Analysis: An Approach to the Analysis of Social Interaction
Conversation Analysis: An Approach to the Analysis of Social Interaction
We humans spend a considerable portion of our lives interacting with one another. As social animals we coordinate our activities together, thereby constituting the familiar interactions and social institutions of everyday life. We walk to work with a friend, discussing the day to come. We return the call of a client who is checking the progress of a project. We coordinate with other crew members to dig a hole and put up a new telephone pole. We change the baby's diaper and pause for a round of tickling. We shop for dinner at a local market, avoiding collisions with others’ shopping carts, and prepare ...