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.  


Spring 2018 Events


Thursday, May 10th:

Joanna Thornborrow

Professor, Linguistics & English Language, Université de Bretagne Occidentale
"Conversation analysis, institutional interaction & cultural context:
The challenges (& rewards) of a comparative research project in four language"
5:00-6:30pm, Haines 110


Thursday, May 31st:

Fang Li

Associate Professor, Applied Linguistics & Institute for Medical Humanities, Peking University
"Requests in nurse-patient conversation in Chinese reproductive medicine"
5:00-6:30pm, Haines 110

Thursday, June 7th:

Kevin Whitehead

Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of California Santa Barbara
"Cross-cutting preferences in interactional trajectories toward violence"
5:00-6:30pm, Haines 110




2017-2018 Past Speakers


Alexandra Tate
PhD Candidate, UCLA Dept. of Sociology

Keith Cox
PhD Student, UCLA Dept. of Sociology

Luis Manuel Olguin
PhD Student, UCLA Dept. of Sociology

Elliott Hoey
Post-doctoral Researcher, Loughborough University

John Heritage & Amanda McArthur
Distinguished Professor, UCLA Dept. of Sociology; PhD Student, UCLA Dept. of Sociology

Amparo Garcia-Ramon
PhD Candidate, Spanish Philology, University of Valencia