Exercises: Conversation Analysis - Details
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Semester WS 2021/22
Current number of participants 14
maximum number of participants 30
Home institute Englische Sprachwissenschaft
Courses type Exercises in category Teaching
First date Thu , 21.10.2021 12:15 - 13:45, Room: (D, 2004)
Online/Digitale Veranstaltung Veranstaltung wird online/digital abgehalten.
Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch

Course location / Course dates

(D, 2004) Thursday: 12:15 - 13:45, weekly (15x)

Module assignments


Conversation Analysis (CA) is concerned with talk-in-interaction, i.e. the way language is used in social encounters. Up until the 1960s, ordinary conversations had been regarded as chaotic and disorderly – a view which this newly developed approach challenged. CA starts from the assumption that every aspect of interaction is potentially orderly and has to be treated in a larger sequential context.
This course wants to introduce CA by combining theoretical background with practical analysis. Thus, we will first get to know basic CA concepts, particularly the turn-taking model as established by Sacks, Schegloff and Jefferson. Their 1974 essay “A Simplest Systematics for the Organization of Turn-Taking for Conversation” can be regarded as the groundwork for CA. Apart from that our focus will be on a number of methodological aspects (and, sometimes, problems), such as data collection or transcription. After that, a variety of questions central for CA will be addressed, such as: Who speaks next in conversations? Are interactions sequenced? How are turns structured and how do speakers handle misunderstandings? Are overlaps orderly phenomena? etc. Besides everyday face-to-face encounters, other types of interaction (e.g. telephone calls or institutional interactions) will be considered as well.

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