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What is conversation analysis?

 

Definition
 

Conversation analysis is an approach to the study of natural conversation, especially with a view to determining the following:

 
  • Participants’ methods of

    • turn-taking
    • constructing sequences of utterances across turns
    • identifying and repairing problems, and
    • employing gaze and movement
  • How conversation works in different conventional settings
Examples (English)
 

Here are some examples of conventional settings in which conversation analysis could take place:

 
  • Interviews
  • Court hearings
  • Telephone conversations
  • Card games
Generic
  A conversation analysis is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Levinson 1983 294–296

 

Hopper, Koch, and Mandelbaum 1986 169–170, 173


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