How can we capture the words, gestures and conduct of study participants? How do we transcribe what happens in social interactions in analytically useful ways? How could systematic and detailed transcription practices benefit research? Transcribing for Social Research demonstrates how best to represent talk and interaction in a manageable and academically credible way that enables analysis. It describes and assesses key methodological and epistemological debates about the status of transcription research while also setting out best practice for handling different types of data and forms of social interaction. Featuring transcribing basics as well as important recent developments, this book guides readers through: • Time and sequencing • Speech delivery and patterns • Non-vocal conduct • Emotive displays like laughter, tears, or pain • Talk in non-English languages • Helpful technological resources As the first book-length exposition of the Jeffersonian transcription conventions, this well-crafted balance of theory and practice is a must-have resource for any social scientist looking to produce high quality transcripts.

Timing and Sequencing in Transcription

One of the most consequential contributions of conversation analysis (CA) has been the introduction of timing and sequential position in interaction. Timing is a fundamental element in CA transcription conventions, precisely because it is central to interlocutors; we notice and often respond to delays that are in the order of microseconds. Accurate timings therefore give us an important tool for analysis. In this chapter we review the fundamentals of timing and sequencing that can be shown to be particularly important to participants’ analysis of one another’s actions – namely overlapping and latched talk, and silence between and within turns. In doing so, we will inevitably draw upon other elements of transcription and interactional phenomena that are explained further ...

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