Conversational Organization: Interaction between Speakers and Hearers

Charles Goodwin

Conversational Organization investigates how turns-at-talk and the sentences that emerge within them are constructed not by the speaker alone, but instead through processes of interaction in which the hearer plays a most consequential role. Among the phenomena examined are how speakers change emerging sentences to respond to what they see their addressees doing, systematic methods for negotiating alignment between speaker and hearer, the action-relevant organization of differential states of knowledge, and embodied participation.

Conversational Organization