Ethnomethodology & Conversation Analysis Reading Group

I recently put out a tweet appealing to the #EMCA community to provide recommendations for EMCA readings that would be great for me and other PGRs who are beginning our EMCA reading.

The response was great, and thank you to all those who, retweeted, provided reading suggestions and pointed me to groups and webpages! In particular thanks to my supervisor @saul for all your recommendations and for amplifying the tweet and to all those who contributed suggestions: @Juliejw52, @Edward_Reynolds, @Heuristic7, @jakub_mlynar, @EMdoesCA, @cali_virgi, @gonendh, @fferrazalmeida, @Margeaux_HQ, and @5tuartreeves


I have collated all the recommendations below, along with the links to where they are available to view, and if a book, the link to where it can be found in Pilkington Library at Loughborough University.

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Classic texts and overviews

  • Garfinkel (1967). Studies in ethnomethodology.

  • 1 copy available in library and 2 copies of 1984 version: 301.0721/GAR

  • Sacks (1995). Lectures on conversation: Volumes I & II.

  • 3 copies available in library: 302.346/SAC

  • Sacks, Schegloff & Jefferson (1974). A simplest systematics for the organisation of turn-taking for conversation.

  • Available here

  • Sacks (1984). Notes on methodology (book chapter in 'Structures of social action: Studies in conversation analysis').

  • 4 copies available: 301.21/STR

  • Also other chapters in the same book - On doing 'being ordinary'

  • Sidnell & Stivers (2013). The handbook of conversation analysis.

  • Available as an e-book from the library here

  • Schegloff & Sacks (1973). Opening up closings.

  • Available here

  • Jefferson (2004). "At first I thought". A normalising device for extraordinary events. In 'Conversation analysis: Studies from the first generation.

  • Available here

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Further reading

  • Widdicombe (1995). Identity, politics and talk: A case for the mundane and the everyday. Ch. 6 of 'Feminism and discourse: Psychological perspectives'.

  • 3 copies available: 301.21/FEM

  • Goodwin (1994). Professional vision.

  • Available here

  • Enfield & Sidnell (2017). The concept of action.

  • 1 copy available: 302/ENF

  • Also available as a shorter article: 'On the concept of action in the study of interaction'

  • Holt (2009). Reported speech.

  • Book not available at Loughborough library but the similar Holt & Clift (2007) book is: 401.41/REP

  • Journal articles on reported speech also available here, here and here!

  • Livingston (1987). Making sense of ethnomethodology.

  • 1 copy available: 301.0721/LIV

  • Button (1991). Ethnomethodology and the human sciences (Edited book).

  • 1 copy available: 301.018/ETH

  • Atkinson & Heritage (1994). Structures of social action: Studies in conversation analysis (Edited book).

  • 4 copies available: 301.21/STR

  • Features Sacks' chapter 'Notes on methodology' as well as plenty others of interest!


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Other resources

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Groups and data sessions/development


CORE-ILCA group

  • Community of early-career researchers in Interactional Linguistics and Conversation Analysis – thank you to @cal_virgi and @EMdoesCA for highlighting this amazing community!

“We hold a general meeting every two months, to discuss articles, research topics, practicalities of the academic world or related to the group itself, and so on. There are also regular writing sessions several times a week, and occasional data sessions and social meetings. Participation is not mandatory: it should not feel like it is more work to do! CORE-ILCA is an opportunity and a resource, not another chore. A complete list of our activities can be found in the calendar in the ‘Members only’ section.”

  • Here is the link to become a member.

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Discourse and Rhetoric Group (DARG)

  • DARG holds weekly data sessions where an academic or student brings a data extract and we analyse it in a group.

  • DARG also run conversation analysis workshops and other events throughout the year.

  • To join the DARG mailing list or DARGlocal mailing list (for those studying/working/affiliated to Loughborough University), please email dargcoordinator@lboro.ac.uk stating which mailing lists you would like to be added to. This will allow you to receive updates and invitations to data sessions etc.!

  • You can also follow them on twitter: @DARG_sessions

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Conversation Analysis Data Sessions South (CADSS)

  • CADSS hold monthly data sessions.

  • CADSS run a developmental series as well as their data sessions.

  • You can follow them on twitter: @CASessionsSouth and DM them through there to be added to the mailing list.

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