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Guest blog: An invaluable new medical interaction archive

Only very rarely does a research team succeed in gathering an archive of recorded interactions, available for other researchers’ use; still more rarely when the data are in the medical domain, with all its concerns for privacy and confidentiality. In this guest blog Rebecca Barnes reports on the development of her and her Bristol team’s invaluable resource, the “One in a Million: Primary Care Consultations Archive“. Continue reading

Guest Blog: Groningen Symposium on Language and Social Interaction

The second meeting on language and social interaction in Groningen, was a welcome addition to the burgeoning collection of small and medium-sized CA events in Europe. Tom Koole and Mike Huiskes, the organisers, have kindly sent in a brief account of the day in  this delightful city in the north of the Netherlands.

Tom Koole

Tom Koole

Mike Huiskes

Mike Huiskes

On January 22 2016 we celebrated the 2nd in the series of the Groningen Symposium on Language and Social Interaction (GSLI).

The one-day GSLI symposium ( takes place every year in January in Groningen and has a different theme each year. The University has some historic buildings, and we held the meeting in a classical lecture theatre – venerable, but somewhat on the austere side, with seating to keep the participants awake and attentive! Continue reading

Guest Blog: An Ethno/CA Network meet in the land of the Ethnos

Our new blog is by Joe Ford, Bogdana Huma, Lin Wu, Marc Alexander, Fabio Ferraz-de-Almeida and Yeuning Yang, all doctoral students at Loughborough University. They attended a busy and thought-provoking Ethnomethodology / Conversation Analysis training day in Manchester. There was something of a culture clash, as their lively report reveals… Continue reading

From the current issue: Turn-taking in the skate pool

The second article from Volume 48 issue 4 that we feature is by Jonas Ivarsson. Jonas has been doing some ethnography with skateboarders, and seeing how their interaction plays to conversational rules. He and his co-author Christian Greiffenhagen have written it up in the journal  here. This is a lively summary of some background, and some subtle analytical work on the standard Sacks-Schegloff-Jefferson model.


Jonas Ivarsson, University of Gothenburg

A few years ago I was visiting scholar at UCLA. During the stay I was living with my family on the border between Venice and Santa Monica, only a quick walk to the beach. This place was very much the birthplace of modern skateboarding and the traces are still in evidence. Continue reading

Guest blog: Videobased Reflection on Team and employee Interaction (ViRTI)

One of the most influential movements in applied Conversation Analysis champions the use of video in training service personnel – especially following the CARM method pioneered by Liz Stokoe. In this blog, I’m delighted to feature a report on a new development of the principle by Brian L. Due and Simon B. Lange: Videobased Reflection on Team and employee Interaction (ViRTI)

Brian Due

Brian Lystgaard Due

During the last couple of years an interventionist approach has emerged within the applied or institutional programme of CA. The book Applied Conversation Analysis by Antaki (2011), and especially Elizabeth Stokoe’s work on the Conversation Analytic Role-play Method (CARM) (e.g. Stokoe, 2014), has set the scene for a systematic reflection on how to use CA as a practical counselling method that can actually be of help to professionals “in real life”.

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Abstracts for Issue 48(3)

This issue of the journal features a debate about the automatic transcription of speech, and a series of articles on a wide variety of topics, ranging from the particle “or” at turn endings to the deployment of facial gesture to influence the course of a conversation. I’ve set out the Abstracts below, and the journal’s page can be accessed here. Continue reading

Guest blog: research on racist talk

Some societal ills seem to lie beyond the reach of interactional analysis – but in this topical and thoughtful guest blog, Jessica Robles gives us an insight into how an interaction analyst might tackle the complex issue of racism as a research topic.


Jessica Robles, University of Washington

I never thought I’d write on racism. My research interests do revolve around morality, but generally of a much more mundane, less contentious sort—for example, using vagueness in doing disagreement, and the demands of praising gifts.

I stumbled into looking at racism by accident. Over the years I’ve collected “favorite” bits of interactional data that I repeatedly inflict on data session attendees and students. In one such snippet, a participant makes a categorical reference to Mexicans that she (mid-utterance) attempts to “take back,” apparently because the recipient has a Mexican boyfriend.

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