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 : l.weinglass@uq.edu.au

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 – http://pragmatics.international), will be held in Hong Kong from 9 to 14 June 2019, at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

See http://pragmatics.international/page/HongKong

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 http://pragmatics.international/page/CfP).

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 AIEMCA.org 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)

posted by Nathaniel Mitchell

Workshop with G. Bolden, at UQ

With great happiness UQ brings you an opportunity to engage in a CA workshop this coming year.

This workshop will examine the organisation of turn
taking, elements of transcription, and action sequencing
in conversation. We will explore the turn taking system,
including such topics as how speakers identify and orient
to units of talk, how interlocutors project and coordinate
speaker transition, and how to tell the difference between
overlap and interruption. We will provide instruction on
how to produce an accurate transcript that captures a broad
range of vocal elements of speaker delivery. Additionally,
we will explore how participants build courses of actions
through adjacency pairs and examine aspects of preference
organisation. Participants will be expected to complete a
reading assignment and an analytic exercise beforehand.
The workshop is designed for graduate students and
researchers interested in developing skills in qualitative
analysis of social interaction through conversation analytic
methods. The workshop is aimed at those with some prior
exposure to CA and will also be suitable for researchers
interested in consolidating and renewing their conversation
analytic skills.
Sessions will comprise primarily of small group activities,
involving systematic introduction to instructional content and
data analysis procedures, working with a wide range of data
corpora, including everyday interactions, family mealtimes,
medical and clinical encounters, and emergency helplines.
Expressions of interest due: 15 January 2018
Notification of acceptance: 22 January 2018
Registration and payment due: 15 February 2018
Associate Professor Galina Bolden, Rutgers University
Professor Alexa Hepburn, Rutgers University USA
Professor Jonathan Potter, Rutgers University USA

Here is a link to Galina Bolden’s faculty profile:

See attached document for details of the workshop:
Galina Bolden Workshop

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