PhD in Comparative Conversation Analysis

Seeking a PhD student to work on Comparative Conversation Analysis in Australian Aboriginal Languages

Project: Conversational Interaction in Aboriginal and Remote Australia (CIARA)

The research project ‘Conversational Interaction in Aboriginal and Remote Australia’ (CIARA) is funded by the Australian Research Council and will run for four years from 2018-2022. The research team consists of Chief Investigators Dr Joe Blythe (Macquarie University; project leader), Professor Lesley Stirling (University of Melbourne), Associate Professor Ilana Mushin (University of Queensland) and Associate Professor Rod Gardner (University of Queensland), as well as Research Assistant Dr Francesco Possemato and Macquarie PhD student Josua Dahmen. The project’s methodology is Comparative Conversation Analysis, sometimes called Pragmatic Typology, and the overall aim of the project is to investigate possible variation within the interactional domain by comparing informal conversations conducted in four Australian Aboriginal languages (Jaru, Gija, Murrinhpatha and Garrwa) with conversations conducted in poorly documented varieties of non-Aboriginal English in rural and remote outback regions of Australia. The project is supported by a reference group of Aboriginal researchers.

We are seeking a student to undertake a PhD to be associated with but not funded by the project, to be based at the University of Queensland under the primary supervision of Associate Professor Ilana Mushin. We would expect the student to apply for a standard PhD scholarship and be accepted by the University through its standard application processes, where preference is given to students working within ARC-funded projects, and their applications can be considered outside of the usual deadlines for scholarship applications.

The student would work on a comparison of an aspect of conversation across at least two of the Aboriginal languages under study in this project using a Conversation Analysis/Interactional Linguistics approach. The student would work with the existing corpus being developed for this project and not be expect to undertake additional fieldwork to collect data. It is expected that the student would however be able to transcribe and annotate existing recordings as part of the PhD study. The specific topic of the PhD would be open for discussion but would probably align with one of the themes of the broader project: turn-taking and action sequences; conversational narrative; and knowledge representation. We would welcome students who would like to focus on practices of language mixing or shifts between languages in these multilingual communities, as well as students who would like to focus on the comparative use of grammar in conversation.

The student would be part of the project team and have the opportunity to receive mentoring and intellectual support from project members and to contribute to the larger project through taking part in workshops and publications. The student would also benefit from being part of the large and vibrant postgraduate student cohort within the Linguistics program in the School of Languages & Cultures at the University of Queensland.

Prospective students should be eligible to apply for a PhD in Linguistics at the University of Queensland, either as a domestic or an international applicant (for more information see and ). Students with a background in Australian Aboriginal Languages, conversation analysis/interactional linguistics, discourse analysis or pragmatics, could be particularly suited to this PhD topic area, but anyone with an interest in this PhD is welcome to contact us for more information. Please register your expression of interest by Monday, December 3rd 2018

Contact: Associate Professor Ilana Mushin,, +61 7 3365 6810

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Nathaniel Mitchell

TAG 12 Oct 2018 “unmotivated looking”


As is the case during semester, TAG (transcript analysis group in and around Brisbane) meets up fortnightly on a Friday.
Friday, 12 oct, 1:30pm AEST we’re meeting up and using a formal procedure to engage in some unmotivated looking.
The data is derived from a small corpus of semi-structured conversations (the participants were asked to “just have a chat”).

Please come along.

It will be held at SouthBank Campus: Room S07_2.17, 1:30 to 3:30pm.
Contact Nathaniel on 0410638227
or email the TAG group secretary, Lara :

See you there
Nathaniel Mitchell


AIEMCA Update – Registration is open

We just got word,

the Registration portal is now open!!

People who have papers accepted will receive an email with a password and link to register (check your spam if not received). They can also, along with attendees who are not presenting, register through the conference site under the ‘Registration’ tab and following the instructions.


Nathaniel Mitchell

(shared on behalf of Richard Fitzgerald)

IPrA 2019 Hong Kong First deadline

Hello all,
I wonder who is putting together CA, MCA, EM or DA panels?
Send your panel proposal ASAP

IPrA 2019
Special theme: Pragmatics of the Margins

REMINDER: only about two weeks to go for the panel proposal deadline of 1 June 2018.
Do not wait until the final days.
Note also that there may be a one to two-hour interruption on the IPrA site on Saturday 19 May.

The 16th International Pragmatics Conference, organized by the International Pragmatics Association (IPrA –, will be held in Hong Kong from 9 to 14 June 2019, at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.


As on earlier occasions, the conference is open to all topics relevant to the field of linguistic pragmatics, broadly conceived as the interdisciplinary (cognitive, social, cultural) science of language use.

The call for papers is now open (see

The first deadline, for panel proposals only, is 1 June 2018. For contributions to panels, individual lectures and posters, the deadline is 15 October 2018.

Plenary speakers will include:

  • Eric ANCHIMBE, Universität Bayreuth, title t.b.a.
  • Jonathan CULPEPER, Lancaster University, working title Identity in pragmatics
  • Louise CUMMINGS, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, working title The role of pragmatics in the diagnosis of dementia
  • GU Yueguo, The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, title t.b.a.
  • Meredith MARRA, Victoria University of Wellington, working title Fancy fence work: Harnessing the affordances of the periphery
  • Marina TERKOURAFI, Leiden University, working title Toward an intuitive pragmatics


sent by Nathaniel Mitchell,

for Jef Verschueren

Chats with Galina, Alexa and Jonathan

We (Brisbanites) were lucky enough to have Galina Bolden, Alexa Hepburn and Jonathan Potter in town a little while ago. They presented an introductory CA course (brilliant and informative in my opinion).

At that time, I took a leaf out of Ed’s book and asked if I could interview them.
They accepted.
I have been able to upload their interviews here on the page, and will link to them below:

Galina Bolden
Alexa Hepburn
Jonathan Potter

Thank you to all 3 of you for your patience.

All errors (including the apostrophe) are my own.
(to be honest, the apostrophe wasn’t me but a friend who moved away from my Uni. I kept the apostrophe as a tribute to him).

Thanks everyone

Nathaniel Mitchell

2018 AIEMCA conference details

Conference Announcement: 11th AIEMCA Investigating Methods and Methodologies.

The 11th Australasian Institute of Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis (AIEMCA) Conference will be hosted by the Dept’s of Communication and Portuguese at the University of Macau, Macau will be held over the 27th, 28th, 29th November 2018

The Conference website can be found here

Conference Invitation and Theme

This conference provides a forum for the growing number of scholars from a range of disciplines using ethnomethodology, conversation analysis, membership categorisation analysis or discursive psychology in studies of everyday and/or institutional talk-in-interaction.

The theme for the AIEMCA conference at the University of Macau will be:
Investigating Methods and Methodologies.

We invite papers that highlight current work and research focusing on new directions and innovations on a range of topics and research areas.

Keynote Speakers

Susan Danby, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
KK Luke, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Rod Watson, Telecom Paris Tech, France
Nozomi Ikeya, Keio University.


Call for papers

 The call for papers will open from 10 January to 30 April 2018.

1. Standard Papers
30 Minutes – 20 Minutes plus 10 minutes questions (Open to all)

2. Short Data Focused Papers (Postgraduate Students Only)
10 Minutes – 10 Mins plus 10 min questions.
These short sessions are designed for students to present their data and discuss the questions or focus of their research and to get feedback from the audience. They will be organised into sessions with 5 presenters per session.


Abstracts should be:
no longer than 300 words
include presentation title, author affiliations (and if presenter is a student),
key words,
description of data, and
significance of the research.
All papers providing evidence of social practices in naturalistic settings are welcome for review.

We look forward to seeing you in Macau.



Assoc. Prof. Richard Fitzgerald
Dept of Communication
University of Macau
Macau (SAR)

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Australasian Institute for Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis

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