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Still on holidays Hank? 'Doing business' by 'having a chat'

McHoul, A. and Rapley, M. (2000) Still on holidays Hank? 'Doing business' by 'having a chat'. M/C Journal: A Journal of Media and Culture, 3 (4).

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There's something of an unspoken tendency in the field of conversation analysis to conflate the notion of 'conversation' with that of 'all forms of talk'.1 Hence the very positive efforts in the field to try to find the mechanisms behind what people do when they talk together, whenever they talk together, whoever they may happen to be, whatever the topic, whatever the type of talk. To stress: this is absolutely admirable and a great advance on, to name a few, social semiotics, speech-act theory and formal pragmatics. But is it possible that the various types of talk that we can find inside single conversations may be interesting and significant, not just for analysts but also for those who, as we hope to show, manifestly orient to generic changes within the conversations they are co-constructing?

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Media, Communication and Culture
Publisher: M/C - Media and Culture
Copyright: 2000 M/C
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