'Planning' talk and traumatic brain injury: an exploratory application of conversation analysis

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Task-based activities of daily living are often a target of assessment and intervention for people with acquired communication disorders, but their interactional organization has not undergone detailed investigation. This study explores a task-based interaction focused on 'planning' involving a man with TBI and his friend. It analyses a half hour recording in which they planned errands that would need to be completed before the man with TBI departed for an overseas holiday. Conversation analytic single episode analysis is used. Discussion focuses on the phases and actions that were used during planning talk. Some speculation about the utility of these practices for planning with a person with TBI is also put forward. Finally, it is suggested that, pending further investigation, a clinical focus on the actions described in the present study might prove useful for structuring and facilitating the participation of people with TBI in routine task-based activities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-140
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of interactional research in communication disorders
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • conversation analysis
  • task-based interaction
  • traumatic brain injury


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