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 for Languages Other than English

Early conversation analytic studies were based on English conversation. Indeed, English is the medium of this book, and is the lingua franca for much interaction research. However, increasingly conversation analysts have been examining talk-in-interaction in a diverse range of communities around the word (e.g., Sidnell, 2009). This has necessarily raised questions about transcribing, analyzing and presenting data in languages other than English, often to audiences that are unfamiliar with the language(s) spoken in the community under investigation. Researchers working in languages other than English, and especially in languages that lack a rich tradition of conversation analytic research, face unique challenges. How does one produce a transcript that will accurately represent what was said, given the linguistic features ...

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