Conversation Analysis: Comparative Perspectives

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Jack Sidnell
Cambridge University Press, Sep 17, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines
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'Conversation analysis' is an approach to the study of social interaction that focuses on practices of speaking that recur across a range of contexts and settings. The early studies in this tradition were based on the analysis of English conversation. More recently, however, conversation analysts have begun to study talk in a broader range of communities around the world. Through detailed analyses of recorded conversations, this book examines differences and similarities across a wide range of languages including Finnish, Japanese, Tzeltal Mayan, Russian and Mandarin. Bringing together interrelated methodological and analytic contributions, it explores topics such as the role of gaze in question-and-answer sequences, the organization of repair, and the design of responses to assessments. The emerging comparative perspective demonstrates how the structure of talk is inflected by the local circumstances within which it operates.
 

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Contents

Comparative perspectives in conversation analysis
3
Repetition in the initiation of repair
31
A crosslinguistic investigation of the site
60
Repairing reference
104
Projecting nonalignment in conversation
135
Two answers to inapposite inquiries
159
Negotiating boundaries in talk
250
Alternative responses to assessments
281
1O Languagespecific resources in repair
304
Implementing delayed actions
326
Bibliography
407
Index
436
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