IPrA 2017: Poetics, the “Wild” Side of CA: Twenty Years after Jefferson

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IPrA 2017: Poetics
Type Conference
Categoryies (tags) CA: Pragmatics, Poetics
Dates 2017/07/16 - 2017/07/21
Link http://ipra.ua.ac.be/main.aspx?c=.CONFERENCE15&n=1516
Geolocation 54° 35' 50", -5° 55' 48"
Abstract due 2016/10/15
Submission deadline 2016/10/15
Final version due
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IPrA 2017: Poetics, the “Wild” Side of CA: Twenty Years after Jefferson:


IPrA 2017: Poetics, the “Wild” Side of CA: Twenty Years after Jefferson Panel organizer: Raymond F. Person, Jr. (r-person@onu.edu)

In her 1996 article “On the Poetics of Ordinary Talk,” Gail Jefferson described a second-order set of practices that influence turn construction, especially concerning word selection by sound-triggering and category-triggering. Although her published article was a revision of a 1977 conference paper, she still considered “poetics” as “the wild side of Conversation Analysis” and as something that probably should not be taken as seriously as other CA observations, because it was “stuff which we’d pretty much kept to ourselves and played with as a hobby” (1996:2).

Probably because of this description, there have been few CA studies focused on “poetics” (for an exception, see Woffitt and Holt 2011). Nevertheless, Jefferson’s insights are widely accepted in the secondary literature. Arguably, however, the importance of “poetics” in CA should be reevaluated because of the growing sophistication in the study of prosody in talk-in-interaction as well as increasing interest in the role of epistemics (Heritage 2012a, 2012b). Furthermore, some recent studies of “poetics” and “conversation” have not engaged in a sufficient discussion of Jefferson’s work (for example, Norrick 2002; Bowles 2011; Kataoka 2012). Therefore, a reassessment of “poetics” may be timely twenty years after the publication of Jefferson’s article.

The proposed panel will critically assess “poetics” as described by Jefferson by soliciting papers that contribute to the discussion of at least one of the following: (1) bringing new data from naturally occurring talk to bear on “poetics,” including from languages other than English, (2) applying CA to literature (including folklore and oral traditions) as a form of institutional talk adapted from the “poetics” of “ordinary talk” (for example, Person 2016) and (3) exploring the implications of CA “poetics” on cognition. The proposed panel seeks to bring together scholars of conversation analysis, literature, and cognitive studies to discuss the importance of Jefferson’s work on the poetics of ordinary talk-in-interaction in their respective fields.

Bowles, Hugo (2011) The Contribution of CA to the Study of Literary Dialogue. Research on Youth and Language 5.1: 161-68.

Heritage, John (2012a) Epistemic in Actions: Action Formation and Territories of Knowledge. Research on Language & Social Interaction 45.1: 1-29.

Heritage, John (2012b) The Epistemic Engine: Sequence Organization and Territories of Knowledge. Research on Language & Social Interaction 45.1: 30-52.

Jefferson, Gail (1996) On the poetics of ordinary talk. Text and Performance Quarterly 16.1: 11-61.

Kataoka, Kuniyoshi (2012) Toward multimodal ethnopoetics. Applied Linguistics Review 3.1: 101-30.

Norrick, Neal (2002) Poetics and conversation. Connotations 10.2: 243-67.

Person, Raymond F., Jr. (2016) From Conversation to Oral Tradition: A Simplest Systematics for Oral Traditions. London: Routledge.

Woffitt, Robin and Nicola Holt (2011) Introspective discourse and the poetics of subjective experience. Research on Language & Social Interaction 44.2: 135-56.

Call for Papers for the 15th International Pragmatics Conference to be held in Belfast, 16-21 July 2017. http://ipra.ua.ac.be/main.aspx?c=.CONFERENCE15&n=1516

Anyone interested in participating in this panel is encouraged to submit their proposal through the standard CFP for IPrA 2017 (link above) by the 15 October deadline. If you have questions about the panel as you prepare your proposal, please let me know at Ray Person (r-person@onu.edu).