Analyzing Talk: The Role of the Chairperson in a Teachers’ Meeting


This case study provides an overview of a conversation analysis study that examines how the management of talk is accomplished by a chairperson in a teachers’ meeting. The case describes each of the various steps of the conversation analysis study from deciding on an initial research focus to collecting, transcribing, and analyzing the data. It also offers practical advice for doing conversation analysis and suggestions for alternative conversation analysis research foci. Finally, post-reading exercises are provided to encourage the reader to conduct his or her own conversation analysis study.

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