Macquarie Linguistics Conversation Analysis Lab

  • Blythe, Joe (Primary Chief Investigator)
  • Barnes, Scott (Primary Chief Investigator)
  • Dahmen, Josh (Investigator)
  • De Dear, Caroline (PhD Student)
  • Jones, Ashleigh (PhD Student)
  • Alharbi, Eman (PhD Student)
  • Skinner, Natalie (PhD Student)
  • Yang, JingYi (Student)
  • Tao, Hui (PhD Student)

Project: Research

Project Details


The Macquarie Linguistics Conversation Analysis Lab facilitates and hosts scholarly activities relevant for Conversation Analysis, such as data sessions and seminars. Its members and affiliates include researchers in Sydney, Australia, using Conversation Analysis. The Macquarie Linguistics Conversation Analysis Lab was preceded by the group Conversation Analysis in Sydney.
Conversation Analysis research explores the moment-by-moment organisation of human interaction. Over the last 50 years, conversation analysts have generated new knowledge on the ways that people use language and other semiotic resources (e.g., gesture, gaze, objects) to regulate their interactions. The interactional systems described by conversation analysts are an important form of infrastructure for human social life. Conversation Analysis research has, therefore, been influential for recent theoretical and methodological developments in research on language, cognition, and social organisation, and generated the field of Interactional Linguistics.
The Macquarie Linguistics Conversation Analysis Lab aims to better understand the relationships between the infrastructure of social interaction and linguistic diversity. Many of our members conduct research in on informal face-to-face conversations conducted in a variety of languages including Arabic, Auslan, English, Gija, Indonesian, Jaru, Kriol, Mandarin and Murrinhpatha, although we are also interested in institutional interaction.
Effective start/end date25/01/24 → …