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Paper 84: Membership Categorisation Analysis, Sequences and Meeting Talk

William Housley

This paper examines the sequential and categorical features of team members’ talk within multidisciplinary meetings. An examination of turn taking, topic management and extended sequences in team members’ talk is carried out through the analysis of naturally occurring data. In addition, the observable means through which `understanding' is socially accomplished as a recognisable feature of team members talk is introduced. The local and situated character of team members talk is established as a primary observational feature of multidisciplinary meetings and is taken to be the fundamental matrix of methods through which the activities of team members within meetings is achieved in situ.

Key words: category, sequence, meeting, institutional talk

Paper 84: Membership Categorisation Analysis, Sequences and Meeting Talk, Series Working Paper Series, (2006), ISBN 1-904815-50-2