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Discovering order

Clift, Rebecca (2005) 'Discovering order.' Lingua, 115 (11). pp. 1641-1665. ISSN 0024-3841


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The polarisation of the experimental and observational traditions in linguistics has tended to obscure the common origins of both in intuitions. In this article I explore one form of observational work - conversation analysis - by examining its perceived limitations and the reasons for its insistence on recorded interactions. Its capacity to capture the temporal production and interpretation of utterances is what makes for its distinctive contribution to linguistics, allowing us to discover order in the organisation of talk that escapes introspection. The analysis of data extracts and the examination of case studies impels us to recognise what the investigation of single utterances and utterance pairs cannot: the importance of sequential placement to the understanding of utterances and the centrality of action in language use. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2011 12:36
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 01:02

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