Brisbane TAG

Transcript Analysis Group (TAG)

Brisbane TAG meets approximately six times each semester, twice a month at each of Queensland University of Technology (QUT), The University of Queensland (UQ), Griffith University (GU), and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). For information on Brisbane TAG sessions, contact Lara Weinglass (UQ) at

The Transcript Analysis Group (TAG), originally founded by Carolyn D. Baker at the University of Queensland as a forum for her students and colleagues to participate in data sessions and discussions about the analysis of transcriptions, has retained a similar format since its inception in the early 1990s. The organising committee for the group now comprises members from four Brisbane based universities, including The University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University and the University of Southern Queensland.

While data sessions regularly occur in discourse-oriented research within a range of perspectives (see, for example, Antaki et al., 2008), the Transcript Analysis Group has developed a strong analytic focus using the methodologies of Ethnomethodology, Conversation Analysis (CA), Membership Categorization Analysis (MCA), and Discursive Psychology (DP). This group consists of researchers using these ontologies and epistemologies, and is one of the longest-standing and most active groups in these areas in Australia. Members come from a range of disciplines, including education, communication, sociology, linguistics, medicine and psychology. Members include research higher degree students, early career and experienced researchers, and data sessions are often populated by several different viewpoints adding to a multi-disciplinary approach. All members are able to share ideas, discuss new approaches, methods and technologies, and discuss and collaboratively analyse data extracts. The group has also been involved in publishing together.

In 2010, in acknowledgement of the diverse range of theoretical interests and skills in transcript analysis, the organisers of TAG initiated a second study group, which shares some members with the original TAG. The second group offers sessions on transcription and transcript analysis, led by experienced members of TAG and open to interested parties. For example, one session focused on using transcription conventions, another was a discussion of a selected reading on analysing video-recorded data. These sessions are currently held less frequently than data sessions, however a main proponent of the discussions around transcription (Rod Gardner) recently presented at the ALS pre-session in Sydney, looking specifically at forensic transcription and the skills of transcription.


The data analysis sessions offer a pedagogic arena for engaging in the practices of analysing talk and interaction; in other words, pedagogy-in-action. They also offer a space to discuss data in a supportive community. The examination of TAG’s actual practices shows a shift away from traditional assumptions of experts and learners, to afford members the participation space to move fluidly between roles of participant and analyst; novice and expert.

We hope to see you at the next TAG session.

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