Talk in Action

Talk in Action : Interactions, Identities, and Institutions

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Talk in Action examines the language, identity, andinteraction of social institutions, introducing students to theresearch methodology of Conversation Analysis. * Features a unique focus on real-world applications of CA byexamining four institutional domains: calls to emergency numbers,doctor-patient interaction, courtroom trials, and masscommunication, * Provides a theoretical and methodological overview of the rootsof CA, reviewing the main developments and findings of research ontalk and social institutions conducted over the past 25 years * Showcases the significance of this subject to everyday events,making it ideal for students coming to the field for the firsttime * Written by two leading figures in the field of ConversationAnalysis
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 180 x 243 x 18mm | 582g
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 140518549X
  • 9781405185493
  • 647,563

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Talk in Action explores the workings of language and interaction in the everyday life of institutions. In doing so, it introduces students to the methodology of Conversation Analysis (CA) and its applications in the real world.

Beginning with a theoretical and methodological overview of the roots of CA, the book explores the intersections between interactional practices, social identities, and institutional tasks. By focusing on four institutional domains - emergency telephone calls, doctor-patient interactions, law courts, and mass communication - the authors showcase the significance of CA research in areas that have deep impact and significance in our daily lives.



This expanding, dynamic field crosses the boundaries of subjects such as linguistics, sociology, and communication studies. Talk in Action provides a necessarily interdisciplinary overview of Conversation Analysis, using a unique focus on real-world applications to provide an engaging and accessible introduction.
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Table of contents

1 Introduction 1 Part 1 Conversation Analysis and Social Institutions5 2 Conversation Analysis: Some Theoretical Background 7 3 Talking Social Institutions into Being 20 4 Dimensions of Institutional Talk 34 Part 2 Calls for Emergency Service 51 5 Emergency Calls as Institutional Talk 53 6 Gatekeeping and Entitlement to Emergency Service 69 7 Emergency Calls under Stress 87 Part 3 Doctor Patient Interaction 101 8 Patients Presentations of Medical Issues: TheDoctor s Problem 103 9 Patients Presentations of Medical Issues: ThePatient s Problem 119 10 History Taking in Medicine: Questions and Answers 135 11 Diagnosis and Treatment: Medical Authority and Its Limits154 Part 4 Trials, Juries, and Dispute Resolution 171 12 Trial Examinations 173 13 Jury Deliberations 186 14 Informal Modes of Dispute Resolution 200 Part 5 News and Political Communication 213 15 News Interview Turn Taking 215 16 Question Design in the News Interview and Beyond 227 17 Answers and Evasions 245 18 Interaction en Masse: Audiences and Speeches 263 19 Conclusion 280 Transcript Symbols 283 References 288 Index of Names 304 Index of Subjects 309
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"More specifically, this book provides an excellent recapitulation of empirical work in four key areas of institutional talk." (Journal of Sociolinguistics, 1 February 2013)"Lastly, as a more general recommendation, I should say that anyone interested in the intersection of context, identity and talk-in interaction would not be spending their time poorly by exploring some of the chapters in this exceptionally well-designed book, and I feel it is safe to say that this book will remain the go-to foundational text for Institutional Conversational Analysis for some time to come." (Journal of Language and Politics, 2012)"As a whole, Talk in Action: Interactions, Identities and Institutionsis a highly recommended, state-of-the-art book for researchers who wish to explore naturally occurring processes and self-construction in face-to-face and telephone institutional communication." (Discourse and Communication, 1 November 2012)"As such, this volume provides a valuable guide to analytical tools for understanding institutional talk. Useful for students and emerging scholars of CA and institutional talk, this volume sheds light on both the analytical approach and conceptual themes that are relevant within these domains and beyond." (Discourse Studies, 2012) "By providing crisp, cogent, and compelling introductions to the fundamentals of CA, these books by Sidnell and Heritage & Clayman will undoubtedly not only help teachers create "Aha" experiences for their students (Tannen 1984), but also attract and inspire future generations of conversation analytic scholars." (Language in Society, 2011)"Among the great assets of this publication is the comprehensive coverage of research on the areas in focus, conversation analytic or otherwise. This makes the book a perfect starting point for anyone interested in institutional interaction of the varieties described here. True to its conversation analytic roots, the book manages to combine this large-scale overview of the literature with detailed analysis, which is always highly relevant and revealing. This book is an impressive scholarly achievement, spanning a vast amount of research and a wide variety of institutional settings. Any student of talk -- institutional or otherwise -- will find this an indispensable source of conversation analytic insight." (Linguist List, November 2010)

Heritage's and Clayman's book is a comprehensive introduction to the conversation analytic approach to institutional talk, focusing on emergency telephone calls, doctor-patient interactions, interaction in court, and news interviews / mass communication . . .overall, however, this book is an impressive scholarly achievement, spanning a vast amount of research and a wide variety of institutional settings. Any student of talk - institutional or otherwise - will find this an indispensable source of conversation analytic insight." (LinguistList.), 1 November 2010)"Among the great assets of this publication is the comprehensive coverage of research on the areas in focus, conversation analytic or otherwise. This makes the book a perfect starting point for anyone interested in institutional interaction of the varieties described here. True to its conversation analytic roots, the book manages to combine this large-scale overview of the literature with detailed analysis, which is always highly relevant and revealing. This book is an impressive scholarly achievement, spanning a vast amount of research and a wide variety of institutional settings. Any student of talk -- institutional or otherwise -- will find this an indispensable source of conversation analytic insight." (Linguist List, November 2010
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"Among the great assets of this publication is the comprehensive coverage of research on the areas in focus, conversation analytic or otherwise. This makes the book a perfect starting point for anyone interested in institutional interaction of the varieties described here. True to its conversation analytic roots, the book manages to combine this large-scale overview of the literature with detailed analysis, which is always highly relevant and revealing. This book is an impressive scholarly achievement, spanning a vast amount of research and a wide variety of institutional settings. Any student of talk -- institutional or otherwise -- will find this an indispensable source of conversation analytic insight." (Linguist List, November 2010) Heritage's and Clayman's book is a comprehensive introduction to the conversation analytic approach to institutional talk, focusing on emergency telephone calls, doctor-patient interactions, interaction in court, and news interviews / mass communication ...overall, however, this book is an impressive scholarly achievement, spanning a vast amount of research and a wide variety of institutional settings. Any student of talk - institutional or otherwise - will find this an indispensable source of conversation analytic insight." (LinguistList.), 1 November 2010) "Among the great assets of this publication is the comprehensive coverage of research on the areas in focus, conversation analytic or otherwise. This makes the book a perfect starting point for anyone interested in institutional interaction of the varieties described here. True to its conversation analytic roots, the book manages to combine this large-scale overview of the literature with detailed analysis, which is always highly relevant and revealing. This book is an impressive scholarly achievement, spanning a vast amount of research and a wide variety of institutional settings. Any student of talk -- institutional or otherwise -- will find this an indispensable source of conversation analytic insight." (Linguist List, November 2010)
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About John Heritage

Steven Clayman is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has written extensively on topics relating to conversation analysis and is co-author, with John Heritage, of The News Interview: Journalists and Public Figures on the Air (2002). John Heritage is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. His publications include Garfinkel and Ethnomethodology (1984) and Communication in Medical Care: Interaction between Primary Care Physicians and Patients (2006).
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