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Text & Talk

An Interdisciplinary Journal of Language, Discourse & Communication Studies

Ed. by Sarangi, Srikant

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Volume 26, Issue 4-5


Retrospective and prospective orientation in the construction of argumentative moves

Charles Goodwin
Published Online: 2006-09-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/TEXT.2006.018


Analysis focuses on how utterances opposing another position in an argument are constructed with a simultaneous orientation to (a) the detailed structure of the prior utterance being opposed and (b) the future trajectories of action projected by that utterance, which the current utterance attempts to counter and intercept. Through such practices participants treat each other as cognitively complex, reflexive actors who are reshaping a contested, consequential social landscape through the choices they make as they build each next action. Data is drawn from a dispute between a father and his son who is just entering adolescence.

Keywords: argument; family; sequential organization; projection

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Charles Goodwin

Charles Goodwin's interests include video analysis of talk-in-interaction, grammar in context, cognition in the lived social world, gesture, gaze, and embodiment as interactively organized social practices, aphasia in discourse, language in the professions, the interaction of surgeons, and the ethnography of science. He has done fieldwork with families, chemists, and airline workers in the United States, oceanographers in the mouth of the Amazon, and archaeologists in the United States and Argentina. He is a Professor of Applied Linguistics at UCLA.

*Address for correspondence: Applied Linguistics, 3300 Rolfe Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles CA 90095-1531, USA

Published Online: 2006-09-15

Published in Print: 2006-09-01

Citation Information: Text & Talk - An Interdisciplinary Journal of Language, Discourse Communication Studies, Volume 26, Issue 4-5, Pages 443–461, ISSN (Online) 1860-7349, ISSN (Print) 1860-7330, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/TEXT.2006.018.

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