The best books on conversation analysis

Conversation Analysis Books

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By Carl Robinson

The following conversation analysis (CA) books and ebooks represent the latest research in the field of CA, and are recommended reading for anyone looking to employ CA techniques in their research or product development activities.

Conversation analysis is an approach to the study of social interaction and natural conversation, involving both verbal and non-verbal conduct in various conventional situations. The ethnomethodological approach to conversation analysis (CA) originated with Sacks, Schegloff, and Jefferson (1974, 1977). CA researchers aim to determine study participants’ methods of turn-taking, constructing sequences of utterances across turns, employing gaze and movement, and identifying and repairing problems.

CA research findings can be applied to commercial products such as voice assistants and conversational user interfaces, in order to improve the ability of the technology to hold a natural conversation with a human.

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Talk: The Science of Conversation - by Elizabeth Stokoe

Talk: The Science of Conversation - English Paperback Book Was: £14.99 Price: £13.19  Buy from Amazon

Conversation Analysis: An Introduction (Language in Society) - by Jack Sidnell

Conversation Analysis: An Introduction (Language in Society)
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Conversation Analysis
English Paperback Book Was: £27.99 Price: £22.72  Buy from Amazon

Sequence Organization in Interaction: A Primer in Conversation Analysis: Volume 1 - by Emanuel A. Schegloff

Sequence Organization in Interaction: A Primer in Conversation Analysis: Volume 1
Product Description
First volume in an authoritative new series by Emanuel Schegloff on Conversation Analysis.
English Paperback Book Was: £36.99 Price: £33.29  Buy from Amazon

Structures of Social Action: Studies in Conversation Analysis (Studies in Emotion and Social Interaction) - by J. Maxwell Atkinson

Structures of Social Action: Studies in Conversation Analysis (Studies in Emotion and Social Interaction)
Product Description
Paperback. Pub Date: 1985 Pages: 494 Publisher: Camidge. University Press inging together thirteen original papers by leading American and itish Researchers this volume reflects fresh developments in the Increasingly Influential field of Conversation Analysis. It begins by Outlining the Theoretical and methodological foundations of the field and goes on to develop some of the main themes that have emerged from topical empirical research. These include the organisation of preference. topic. non-vocal activities. and apparently spontaneous responses such as laughter and applause. The collection represents the most comprehensive statement yet to be published on this type of research.
English Paperback Book Was: £46.99 Price: £46.99  Buy from Amazon

Studies in Ethnomethodology (Social & Political Theory) - by Harold Garfinkel

Studies in Ethnomethodology (Social & Political Theory) - English Paperback Book Was: £17.99 Price: £15.99  Buy from Amazon

Forms of Talk (Conduct and Communication) - by Erving Goffman

Forms of Talk (Conduct and Communication) - English Paperback Book Was: £18.99 Price: £18.99  Buy from Amazon

Conversation Analysis (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics) - by Rebecca Clift

Conversation Analysis (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics) - English Paperback Book Was: £25.99 Price: £22.72  Buy from Amazon

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Carl Robinson

Host of the Voice Tech Podcast. Voice emotion researcher.

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