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.

Transcribing Aspiration and Laughter

With any luck we are all continually breathing. Most of the time we do this silently, but sometimes sounds of breathing are audible – or even produced so as to be heard by others. In other words, aspiration may be a form of social action, or action modulation, and should, thus, be captured on an interactionally sensitive transcript. In this chapter, we examine ways of representing audible sounds. We start by introducing basic principles for transcribing aspiration: we start with breathing, breathy and sighing noises, and then move on to transcribing audible laughter – one conversational activity in which aspiration plays a key role. We show how careful attention to capturing details of aspiration and laughter can serve as ...

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