Abstract for Simplest Systematics for the Organization of Turn-Taking for Conversation (Schenkein)
Harvey Sacks, Emanuel A. Schegloff and Gail
Jefferson: "A Simplest Systematics for the
Organization of Turn-Taking for Conversation,"
in J. Schenkein (ed.), Studies in the Organization
of Conversational Interaction
(New York:Academic Press, Inc., 1978)
The organization of taking turns to talk is
fundamental to conversation, as well as to other
speech-exchange systems. A model for the turn-
taking organization for conversation is proposed,
and is examined for its compatibility with a list
of grossly observable facts about conversation.
The results of the examination suggest that,
at least, a model for turn-taking in conversation
will be characterized as locally managed,
party-administered, interactionally controlled,
and sensitive to recipient design. Several general
consequences of the model are explicated, and
contrasts are sketched with turn-taking
organizations for other speech-exchange systems.