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Longitudinal Conversation Analysis - Introduction to the Special Issue

  • How do people’s interactional practices change over time? Can conversation analysis identify those changes, and if so, how? In this introductory article, we scrutinize the novel insights that can be gained from examining interactional practices over time and discuss the related methodological challenges for longitudinal CA. We first retrace CA’s interest in the temporality of social interaction and then review three lines of current CA work on change over time: developmental studies, studies of sociohistorical change, and studies of joint interactional histories. Existing work shows how the execution of locally coordinated actions and their meanings change over time; how prior actions inform future actions; and how resources, practices, and structures of joint action emerge over people’s repeated interactional encounters. We conclude by arguing that the empirical analysis of the microlevel organization of social interaction, which is the hallmark of CA, can elucidate the fine-grained situated interactional infrastructure that provides for the larger-scale social dynamics that have been of interest to other lines of research.

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Author:Arnulf DeppermannORCiDGND, Simona Pekarek DoehlerORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):Research on Language and Social Interaction
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2021
Date of Publication (online):2021/05/26
GND Keyword:Interaktion; Konversationsanalyse; Literaturauswertung; Längsschnittuntersuchung; Temporalität
First Page:127
Last Page:141
Open-Access-Finanzierung über Taylor & Francis-Konsortium (ZBW)
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Pragmalinguistik / Kommunikationsforschung
Program areas:P1: Interaktion
Licence (English):License LogoCreative Commons - Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International