Conversation analysis (commonly abbreviated as CA) is the study of talk in social interaction. CA tries to describe the structure and patterns of interaction, whether this is institutional (in the school, doctor's surgery, courts or elsewhere) or casual conversation.
The term “conversation” to label this disciplinary movement is misleading if read in a colloquial sense, as many have.
- An Introduction to Conversation Analysis Archived 2006-12-05 at the Wayback Machine (by Discourse and Rhetoric Group, Loughborough University)
- Online bibliography of pre-1990 CA literature
- Online bibliography of post-1989 CA literature Archived 2007-04-03 at the Wayback Machine
- Online clearinghouse for the CA community