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Title: 'What do you want me to say?' On the Conversation Analysis approach to bilingual interaction
Author: Li Wei
Institution: University College London
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Semantics
Abstract: Is language simply a medium for the expression of intentions, motives, or interests, or is it also a site for uncovering the method through which ordered activity is generated?
This question has wide-ranging implications for the study of bilingual interaction in particular, and for sociolinguistics generally. This article attempts to explicate the principles behind the Conversation Analysis (CA) approach to bilingual interaction. It addresses some of the criticisms that have been leveled against the CA approach, using both new data and new
analyses of previously published examples. (Keywords: Conversation Analysis, bilingual interaction, code-switching).

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This article appears IN Language in Society Vol. 31, Issue 2, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .



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