Description This collection of previously unpublished, cutting-edge research discusses the conversational analytic (CA) approach to understanding language use. The book places a special emphasis on what the methods and findings of CA can offer to discourse-functional linguistics.
A central feature of the CA enterprise is the close analysis of the interactional constructions of turns and attention to sequential action in the production and interpretation of interactional meanings and local social structures. This fine-grained approach to conversational language use has resulted in a rich accumulation of findings based on common methods and concepts.
The unifying theme for the chapters in this volume is the intersection of interactional practice and linguistic form in the contexts of and through the co-construction of turns and sequences, as these are defined in the groundbreaking works in CA. In this spirit, this collection of studies focuses on moment-by-moment interactions as the sites for the recurrent emergence and deployment of particular structures and forms in talk. The studies work with talk in naturally occurring activities in English, Japanese, and Finnish.
This volume reveals the latest thinking on how interactants manage complex relationships between turn construction and sequential placement in order to give meaning to even the smallest of gestures and tokens of talk. It will be of interest to linguists as well as those in fields which touch upon language and the structure of social interaction: anthropology, sociology, communications, and applied linguistics.Table of Contents
1. Introduction , Cecilia E. Ford, Barbara A. Fox, and Sandra A. Thompson
2. Constituency and the Grammar of Turn Increments , Cecilia E. Ford, Barbara A. Fox, and Sandra A. Thompson
3. Cultivating Prayer , Lisa Capps and Elinor Ochs
4. Producing Sense with Nonsense Syllables: Turn and Sequence in Conversations with a Man with Severe Aphasia , Charles Goodwin, Marjorie H. Goodwin, and David Olsher
5. Contingent Achievement of Co-Tellership in a Japanese Conversation: An Analysis of Talk, Gaze and Gesture , Makoto Hayashi, Junko Mori, and Tomoyo Tagaki
6. Saying What Wasn't Said: Negative Observation as a Linguistic Resource for the Interactional Achievement of Performance FeedbackSally Jacoby and Patrick Gonzales ,
7. Recipient Activities: The Particle No as a Go-Ahead Response in Finnish Conversations , Marja-Leena Sorjonen
8. Oh -Prefaced Responses to Assessments: A Method of Modifying Agreement/Disagreement , John Heritage
9. Turn-Sharing: The Choral Co-Production of Talk-in-Interaction , Gene H. Lerner
10. Some Linguistic Aspects of Closure Cut-Off , Robert Jasperson