During this session I’ll introduce some of the basic tenets of Conversation Analysis (CA) and Interactional Linguistics (IL) for the study of language in and as (inter)action. I will briefly review the historical and theoretical bases for CA and IL and the turn to multimodality, refer to transcription conventions, and discuss some of the orders of organisation of interaction that CA-IL have contributed to describing, namely turn-taking, sequence organisation, preference, and repair. The session will also briefly provide a demonstration through a run-through of a full analysis of a short excerpt of videorecorded interaction among friends.


Conversation Analysis and Interactional Linguistics: Studying language in and as (inter)action – Dr. Marina N. Cantarutti

Schegloff, E. A. (2007). Sequence Organization in Interaction: Volume 1: A Primer in Conversation Analysis. Cambridge University Press.

Collection of basic readings and debates: http://emcawiki.net/Basic_resources_and_debates_tag

Transcription conventions, guides, and software

Jefferson, G. (2004). Glossary of transcript symbols with an introduction. In Conversation Analysis (pp. 13–31). John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Hepburn, A., & Bolden, G. B. (2017). Transcribing for Social Research. SAGE.

Selting, M., Auer, P., & Others. (2011). A system for transcribing talk-in-interaction: GAT 2 translated and adapted for English by Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen and Dagmar Barth-Weingarten. Gesprächsforschung–Online-Zeitschrift Zur Verbalen Interaktion, 12, 1–51.

Mondada, L. Multimodal transcription. (n.d.). Retrieved June 11, 2021, from https://www.lorenzamondada.net/multimodal-transcription

CLAN: https://dali.talkbank.org/clan/

ELAN: https://archive.mpi.nl/tla/elan

EXMARALDA/FOLKER: https://exmaralda.org/en/folker-en/

Sample CA-IL studies

Drew, P., & Holt, E. (1998). Figures of Speech: Figurative Expressions and the Management of Topic Transition in Conversation. Language In Society, 27(4), 495–522.

Lerner, G. H., & Kitzinger, C. (2007). Extraction and aggregation in the repair of individual and collective self-reference. Discourse Studies, 9(4), 526–557.

Robinson, J. D. (2020). One Type of Polar, Information-Seeking Question and Its Stance of Probability: Implications for the Preference for Agreement. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 53(4), 425–442.

Schegloff, E. A., Jefferson, G., & Sacks, H. (1977). The Preference for Self-Correction in the Organization of Repair in Conversation. Language, 53(2), 361–382.

Selting, M. (2007). Lists as embedded structures and the prosody of list construction as an interactional resource. Journal of Pragmatics, 39(3), 483–526. Conversation Analysis and Interactional Linguistics: Studying language in and as (inter)action – Dr. Marina N. Cantarutti

Online resources

EMCA Wiki: bibliography database, events, tutorials: http://emcawiki.net/Main_Page

Jeffersonian transcription tutorials:

Introduction to “the data session” by Saul Albert: https://t.co/b364NMBaTG?amp=1

YouTube tutorials on CA by Dr. Emily Hoftsetter: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClsFYWz5vIm8pFYFfpcrQaA/videos

CA talks and podcast: https://www.conversationanalysis.org/state-of-talk/


International Society for Conversation Analysis (ISCA): https://www.conversationanalysis.org/

ROLSI.net (blog of the Research on Language and Social Interaction Journal): https://rolsi.net/

CORE-ILCA: https://coreilca.wordpress.com/

EMCA Doctoral Network (UK) https://emcadoctoralnetwork.wordpress.com/

Conversanalista network (CA-IL scholars working on Spanish): https://twitter.com/conversanalista

EMCA for Racial and Social Justice: http://emca4rj.conversationanalysis.org/

List of data sessions around the world: https://rolsi.net/data-sessions/


Public list of self-identifying EMCA scholars and unis/research centres on twitter (collected by Kobin Kendrick): https://twitter.com/i/lists/182642403

ISCA: @iscaupdates

EMCA News and wiki: @EMCA_News – @emcawiki

Hashtags: #EMCA, #EMCAIL

Available corpora

TalkBank: https://sla.talkbank.org/TBB/ca