Conversation

  • Kirk MCELHEARN (CNRS)
    Writing Conversation. An Analysis of Speech Events in E-mail Mailing Lists
    2000, Vol. V-1, pp. 71-88

    E-mail is a form of communication whose use is increasing exponentially as the Internet, and other means of computer-mediated communication (CMC), become more accessible to the general public. Aside from its use in direct interpersonal communication, just as letters, memos, and faxes are used, it is also used for communication among groups that share common interests or goals, through mailing lists. The latter give people the opportunity to discuss these subjects using a form of discourse that is relatively new. While this type of CMC is a form of written communication, there are many aspects of mailing list discourse that are similar to those used in spoken discourse. In this paper, I will discuss how mailing lists function, and how the type of mailing list can influence the type of discourse that is used on the list.


  • Simona PEKAREK DOEHLER (Neuchâtel, Suisse)
    "CA for SLA": Conversational analysis and language acquisition research
    2006, Vol. XI-2, pp. 123-137

    This article presents the line of research that has recently come to be called CA for SLA - conversation analysis for second language acquisition. In a first step, roots of CA for SLA in ethnomethodology and in the classical CA work are sketched. In a second step, key-concepts and methodological underpinnings are discussed, which radically challenge received conceptions of language and language learning. In a third step, the major research themes are presented. The article concludes with a brief note on practical implications of the findings as well as the (mainly methodological) challenges the field is currently confronting.


  • Marc RELIEU (École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommu)
    Some remarks on conversational analysis and communication technology
    2006, Vol. XI-2, pp. 17-32

    This paper presents how both classical conversation analysis studies and recent, applied CA-oriented works conceive the link between conversational organization and technology. First, we discuss the role of the telephone in classic CA Studies and in more recent debates on mobile phone conversations. Through a discussion of a recent CA-inspired study of mobile instant messaging, we stress the relevance of CA for the understanding of practical orientations to technological features in mediated conversations. Finally we argue that the development of CA-inspired research in the evaluative process of new communication technologies design is an opportunity for identifying generic features of the interactional organization, while they permit to deepen our understanding of sequential environments. We develop this idea through a presentation of a study focused on interacting exchanges.


  • Ray WILKINSON (Londres, Grande-Bretagne)
    Applying conversation analysis to aphasic talk: From investigation to intervention
    2006, Vol. XI-2, pp. 99-110

    The analysis of interactions involving one or more speakers with aphasia, a language disorder acquired following brain damage, is an area of 'applied conversation analysis' (and applied linguistics) which has been the focus of a growing number of studies in recent years. It is also an area in which conversation analysis can be seen to have informed both intervention studies by researchers and the clinical practice of professionals working with these speakers and their families. This paper provides an overview of some of the main findings about aphasic talk which have been made by researchers drawing on conversation analytic findings into the structure of aspects of ordinary, non-aphasic, talk such as repair organization and turn organization, and indicates some of the ways in which this approach to aphasia has been used within intervention studies and everyday professional practice.