Category Archives: Uncategorized

Latest issue of ROLSI: vol 49(1)

The year’s volume kicks off with a substantial set of articles about requesting (proposed by  Kobin Kendrick and Paul Drew, and commented on by John Heritage and Jörg Zinken and Giovanni Rossi) and two excellent pieces on multiactivity: Kristian Mortensen on the interactional business done by cupping your ear, and Søren Beck Nielsen on what doctors do with the props on their desk while dealing with their patients.

The link to the journal’s website and table of contents for this issue  is here.  Clicking on the title image in the set below will take you to the on-line paper directly. Readers with University accounts will have direct access if their libraries subscribe.

Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 11.19.11.png

Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 11.29.29.png

Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 11.19.34.png

Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 11.19.51.png

Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 11.33.50.png

Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 11.20.10.png

Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 11.30.16.png

Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 11.20.23.png

Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 11.30.31.png



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”.

Continue reading

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