Conversation Analysis

The CA Working Group continues to foster the growing community of conversation analytic scholars through a facilitation of scholarly exchange between faculty and graduate students within the Department. We are proud of our relations with other Sociology Working Groups and with the broader UCLA community. Our working group continues to attract language and social interaction scholars from a range of allied departments and centers at the University. 

Our primary goal is to establish and strengthen ties between graduate students and faculty working in our field within the Department of Sociology.  At present the CA faculty have a range of courses and data analysis seminars detailing the substance and methodology of conversation analysis. The working group is distinctive in providing a forum in which students can try out ideas for potential publications, showcase their own data sets, and test run relatively developed papers for conferences and symposia.  Correspondingly, the working group provides students and faculty with an opportunity to witness and provide critical feedback on works in progress by faculty and other scholars.  


Fall 2017 Events


Thursday, October 12th:

Elliott Hoey

Post-doctoral Researcher, Loughborough University
"Drinking for speaking: Multiactivity with drinks in conversation"
5:00-6:30pm, Haines 279


Thursday, November 30th:

John Heritage & Amanda McArthur

Distinguished Professor, UCLA Dept. of Sociology; PhD Student, UCLA Dept. of Sociology
"Communicating diagnosis in primary care"
5:00-6:30pm, Location TBA


Thursday, December 7th:

Fang Li

Associate Professor, Applied Linguistics Department & Institute for Medical Humanities at Peking University
"Language, power and identity: An ethnographic study of doctor patient communication in a Chinese hospital"
5:00-6:30pm, Location TBA



Past Speakers 2016-2017


Lucas Seuren
PhD Candidate, Center for Language and Cognition, University of Groningen

Mardi Kidwell
Professor, Department of Communication, University of New Hampshire

Ruey-Ying Liu
PhD Student, UCLA Dept. of Sociology

Anita Pomerantz
Professor Emerita, SUNY Albany

Mark Dingemanse
Research Staff, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

Mika Ishino-Takai
PhD Candidate, Osaka University

Nan Wang
PhD Candidate, UCLA Dept. of Sociology

Alexa Hepburn
Research Professor, Rutgers University