Doing Conversation Analysis: A Practical Guide by Paul Ten Have

By Paul Ten Have

This Second variation of Paul ten Have's now vintage textual content on Doing dialog research has been considerably revised to deliver the booklet updated with the various alterations that experience happened in dialog research over contemporary years. The publication has a twin goal: to introduce the reader to dialog research (CA) as a particular examine technique within the human sciences, and to supply scholars and amateur researchers with methodological and functional feedback for truly doing CA examine.

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4 The above contrasts and considerations should not be taken to imply that CA is indeed ‘a-theoretical’ in its overall orientation. I would maintain that it is, rather, strongly theoretical, but it deals with ‘theory’ in a different way compared with conventional social science. It is clear from the development of CA, as it can be traced in Sacks’ Lectures, that its originators were widely read in a large number of disciplines, including not only various branches of social science, but also parts of philosophy, linguistics, the classics, literary studies, etc.

Inevitably, a member uses his or her ‘membership competencies’ to understand what the interaction may be all about and how the various details may function in that respect. , in their classic paper on ‘turn-taking’ (1978: 44–5), have stressed, the interactants’ own ‘displays’ of their understanding of the utterances, often discernible in their next uptake, are a preferred resource for checking those understandings. But the researcher’s own comprehension, ‘as a member’, so to speak, is also and inevitably involved.

The terms in which such parties may be formulated varies with conversational context. (309–10)6 It is noted that closings are often proposed in reference to the other party’s interests, which – in telephone conversations – are often different for callers and called, and which may also be related to specific materials elaborated in the conversation itself. Interest of the speaker may also be invoked, of course, as in ‘I gotta go’, which does not need to be placed at an analysable topic end, but can be done as an interruption (‘I gotta go, my dinner is burning’).

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