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"Conversation analysis" is an approach to the study of social interaction that focuses on practices of speaking that recur across a range of contexts and settings. The early studies in this tradition were based on the analysis of English conversation. More recently, however, conversation analysts have begun to study talk in a broader range of communities around the world. Though detailed analyses of recorded conversations, this book examines differences and similarities across a wide range of languages including Finnish, Japanese, Tzeltal Mayan, Russian, and Mandarin. Bringing together interrelated methodological and analytic contributions, it explores topics such as the role of gaze in question-and-answer sequences, organization of repair, and the design of responses to assessments. The emerging comparative perspective demonstrates how the structure of talk is inflected by the local circumstances within which it operates.

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Review of the hardback: 'Hooray! This is what we've been waiting for - a genuinely cross-linguistic perspective on the ways in which semiotic resources, including language and the body, are mobilized for the resolution of recurrent tasks in interaction.' Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen, University of Potsdam

Review of the hardback: 'Not only does this remarkable book represent a major collection of cross-linguistic work in Conversation Analysis, but the contributions, all by world-renowned scholars, covering ten languages, together form a stunning and important picture of the ways in which the resources of any particular language afford possibilities for social action accomplished through talk.' Sandra Thompson, University of California, Santa Barbara

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Meet the Author

Jack Sidnell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto.

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Table of Contents

List of figures vii

List of tables ix

List of contributors xiii

Transcription conventions xv

Part I Introduction 1

1 Comparative perspectives in conversation analysis Jack Sidnell 3

Part II Repair and beyond 29

2 Repetition in the initiation of repair Ruey-Jiuan Regina Wu 31

3 A cross-linguistic investigation of the site of initiation in same-turn self-repair Barbara Fox Fay Wouk Makoto Hayashi Steven Fincke Liang Tao Marja-Leena Sorjonen Minna Laakso Wilfrido Flores Hernandez 60

4 Repairing reference Maria Egbert Andrea Golato Jeffrey D. Robinson 104

Part III Aspects of response 133

5 Projecting nonalignment in conversation Anna Lindström 135

6 Two answers to inapposite inquiries Trine Heinemann 159

7 Gaze, questioning, and culture Federico Rossano Penelope Brown Stephen C. Levinson 187

8 Negotiating boundaries in talk Makoto Hayashi Kyung-Eun Yoon 250

Part IV Action formation and sequencing 279

9 Alternative responses to assessments Marja-Leena Sorjonen Auli Hakulinen 281

10 Language-specific resources in repair and assessments Jack Sidnell 304

11 Implementing delayed actions Galina B. Bolden 326

Part V Conclusion 355

12 One perspective on Conversation Analysis: Comparative Perspectives Emanuel A. Schegloff 357

Bibliography 407

Index 436

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