This introduction is designed to give an overview of conversation analysis. It begins by locating conversation analysis as a methodology amongst other methodologies, and describing conversation analysis as body of knowledge which reveals the ways in which language works in communication. The chapters introduce every aspect of conversation analysis in a logical, step-by-step examination, including coverage of transcription, turn-taking, sequence organisation, repair, and storytelling. Comprehensive and accessible, "An Introduction to Conversation Analysis" is essential reading for undergraduate and graduate students in sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, sociology and applied linguistics courses.
Contents Acknowledgements ix 1 Conversation and Conversation Analysis 1 2 Transcribing Conversation 13 3 Turn-taking in Conversation 51 4 Gaps and Overlaps in Turn-taking 79 5 Adjacency Pairs and Preference Organization 105 6 Expanding Sequences 125 7 Repair 171 8 Opening Conversation 213 9 Closing Conversation 255 10 Story-telling in Conversation 279 References 303 Index