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 Crying, Expressions of Pain and Other Non-speech Sounds

Transcribing Crying, Expressions of Pain and Other Non-speech Sounds

A great deal of social and clinical research is focused around various aspects of human suffering. But if you had to detail how to most effectively soothe someone in pain or distress, would you know how to do it? One basic problem in specifying the interactional techniques for managing distress is that there are very few studies that have attempted to capture episodes of human suffering as they happen, in a way that allows analysis of their interactional unfolding. In this chapter we provide some basic tools that facilitate researchers in taking up that challenge. Following from the previous chapter, we further develop our understanding of how to clearly represent hearable elements of aspiration, ...

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