bird song/conversation analysis

chad D nilep Chad.Nilep at Colorado.EDU
Fri Jun 18 19:32:17 UTC 2010

What an interesting question!

Sacks, Schegloff, and Jefferson 1974 is of course the classic CA paper, and Hutchby and Wooffitt 1998 is an excellent overview. I would classify both as works of sociology, but of course language is an important element in CA analysis.

I think it might be worthwhile to pay attention to CA or CA-inspired work that is more "linguistic," too. I have in mind edited collections by Ochs, Schegloff, and Thompson (1996); Selting and Cooper-Kuhlen (2001); and Ford, Fox, and Thompson (2002). Many of the papers in these volumes apply the sort of empirical analysis of interaction from CA to studies of grammar and interaction in ways that might shed interesting light on 'counter-singing' or 'answering-rules' in birds.

Chad Nilep

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