Focusing on applied conversation analysis (CA), this timely book offers practical insights and guidelines for CA scholars studying social interactions in institutional settings. Written in an accessible style and packed with case studies, examples, activities, and practical tips, the book takes readers through the entire process of planning and carrying out an applied CA research study. By highlighting challenges, debates, and important questions, each chapter provides the theoretical foundation necessary for making informed decisions at every stage of a research project. The book is divided into three sections (context and planning, doing a project using conversation analysis, and disseminating your research) to mirror the research process.

Examining the Basic Principles of Conversation Analysis
Chapter Focus

In this chapter, you will learn how to:

  • Recognize the basic conversational structures central to conversation analysis.
  • Apply the core features or structures of conversation to analysis.
  • Assess the importance of membership categories in analysis.
  • Assess the relevance of embodied action in institutional contexts.

While this book focuses on the practical issues involved in undertaking an applied conversation analysis (CA) research study, it is important to familiarize yourself with the foundational work in CA that informs applied CA research. Thus, in this chapter, we introduce you to the basic building blocks of CA—that is, the core principles that underpin applied CA. Indeed, prior to undertaking any form of analysis, it is important that you have a good working knowledge of these ...

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