Negotiating Understanding: Responding to Formulations in Interaction

Monday, May 15, 2017 2:00 pm - Wednesday, May 17, 2017 3:00 pm CEST (GMT +02:00)

Conversation Analysis Research Workshop 

“Formulations” in spoken interaction propose an understanding of some state of affairs — of what another person has been telling or doing. This workshop examines a broad range of such sequences in which an understanding is formulated in conversation and then accepted or rejected. Such sequences allow us to trace how shared meaning and understanding is constructed in everyday interaction. 

This workshop is organized jointly by the WCGS Applied Linguistics research group and the Institute for the German Language and is held in Mannheim. Participants are researchers and graduate students from Canada, the US, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Each participant prepares and leads a data session, in which a collection of examples of a specific interactional pattern is analyzed as a group. The workshop further includes a critical discussion of the concept of “formulations/formulating” in conversation analytic and interactional linguistic work.

Transcript Sample

A sample of transcript

Final Report

Sam Schirm, PhD candidate and Centre member, published a short report on how the workshop went.