Title: Alignment and alignables in the analysis of interaction
25 March 2021
Description of workshop
The notion of alignment has been widely used in conversation analysis in a technical way within the study of sequential and sequence organization. This workshop has discussed the phenomena that can be approached with this perspective, as well as critically elaborated on the definition and use of the category itself. During the workshop, we tried to find out what are the analytical advantages of looking at alignment and disalignment (and affiliation and disaffiliation) when analyzing recordings of real-life interaction. Participants read Lindström & Sorjonen (2013) and Steensig (2020) as background reading. On top of that, three articles that have a more analytical focus were mandatory preparatory reading (Jefferson (1984); Raymond (2003) and Stivers (2008)) with the following questions for guidance: What are people aligning or disaligning with when they (a) move away from talk about a trouble (Jefferson); (b) produce type-conforming and type-nonconforming answers to yes/no interrogatives (Raymond); and (c) produce recipient responses to storytelling (Stivers). The workshop included a collective analysis of data provided by J. Steensig, enabling a vivid discussion on the interpretation of aligned and affiliated next actons.
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