Conversation Analysis

3. Basic Principles of CA

Exercise 1

Drag and drop each concept with the four main characteristics of human action that conversation analysis was developed to deal with.

Characteristics:
Human actions are meaningful and involve meaning making,
Human actions are meaningful by virtue of their content and context.
The meaning of human actions is shared through the use of common methods for analyzing actions-in-context.
The meanings of actions are unique and singular.

Concepts:
Actions, no matter how repetitive, are never simply identical in meaning
Context elaborates the meanings of utterances.
The contextual variation (and specification) of action is a profound feature of human socio-cultural life.
There must be procedures to check whether understandings about the meanings of earlier actions are correct, and responses are 'on target.'

Answers:
Human actions are meaningful and involve meaning making
Correct Match: Actions, no matter how repetitive, are never simply identical in meaning

Human actions are meaningful by virtue of their content and context.
Correct Match: The contextual variation (and specification) of action is a profound feature of human socio-cultural life.

The meaning of human actions is shared through the use of common methods for analyzing actions-in-context.
Correct Match: There must be procedures to check whether understandings about the meanings of earlier actions are correct, and responses are 'on target.'

The meanings of actions are unique and singular.
Correct Match: Context elaborates the meanings of utterances.