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date: 04 August 2020

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Conversation analysis is an approach to social interaction that grew out of sociology but connects in various ways to concerns in other fields including linguistics. Because interaction among humans is accomplished in large part through the medium of language, conversation analysis focuses primarily on talk-in-interaction. In this brief overview of the field I outline the basic methods and analytic techniques of this approach and review some of the major findings of the last forty years of research. I conclude with some discussion of the relationship between conversation analysis and linguistics.

Keywords: interaction, conversation, grammar, turns, actions, sequences, understanding.

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