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Title: Discussing Conversation Analysis
Subtitle: The work of Emanuel A. Schegloff
Edited By: Carlo L. Prevignano
Paul J. Thibault
URL: http://www.benjamins.nl/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=Z_118

Discussing Conversation Analysis: The work of Emanual A. Schegloff presents an in-depth view on Schegloff’s complex and stimulating work in Conversation Analysis (CA) and offers clear insights into how it has and may be developed further as a research tool in social psychology, social science, artificial intelligence, and linguistics.

-- What is the status of fine-grained empirical studies of human interaction in CA and how does CA relate to other approaches to linguistic interaction?
-- What is Schegloff’s contribution to CA and how does his work relate to that of Goffman, Garfinkel, and Sacks?
-- How does CA distinguish its own analytical tools and terms from the categories of the participants in talk?
-- What can CA reveal about human-computer interaction?
-- What can CA contribute to the neurosciences in the study, diagnosis, and treatment of linguistically impaired individuals?
-- How does CA account for the socio-historical dimension of the material and semiotic resources that participants co-deploy in talk?

By addressing these and other questions this volume proposes a critical guide to CA and its applications with an extraordinary interview with Emanuel A. Schegloff, and new contributions towards a debate on his work by six commentators -- conversation analysts (John Heritage and Charles Goodwin), critics (Rick Iedema and Pär Segerdahl) and appliers of CA in the study of human-computer interaction (Pirkko Raudaskoski) and language disorders (Ruth Lesser).
Schegloff’s Response and a closing discussion with the editors conclude the volume, which also features a comprehensive bibliography of his work edited by Susan Eerdmans.

Emanuel A. Schegloff is Professor of Sociology with a joint appointment in Applied Linguistics at the University of California, Los Angeles. Educated at Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley, he has taught at Columbia University as well as at UCLA. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was a resident Fellow at the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (1978-79) and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford (1998-99).

Table of contents

Preface vii–xiv
1. Presenting Emanuel A. Schegloff
John C. Heritage 1–10
2. On conversation analysis: An interview with Emanuel A. Schegloff
Světla Čmejrková and Carlo L. Prevignano 11–55
3. The power of Schegloff’s work
Charles Goodwin 57–64
4. Putting Schegloff’s principles and practices in context
Rick Iedema 65–90
5. Conversation analysis as rigorous science
Pär Segerdahl 91–108
6. Users’ interpretations at a computer tutorial: Detecting (causes) of misunderstandings
Pirkko Raudaskoski 109–139
7. When conversation is not normal: The role of conversation analysis in language pathology
Ruth Lesser 141–155
8. Response
Emanuel A. Schegloff 157–164
9. Continuing the interview with Emanuel A. Schegloff
Carlo L. Prevignano and Paul J. Thibault 165–171
10. A bibliography of Emanuel A. Schegloff
Edited by Susan L. Eerdmans 173–181
Subject index 183–188
Author index 189–192

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 158811354X
ISBN-13: 9781588113542
Pages: xiv, 192 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 115
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ISBN: 9027225990
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Pages: xiv, 192 pp.
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