Abstract for On Integrity in Inquiry. . . of the Investigated, not the Investigator

Schegloff, E. A. (2005). On Integrity in 
Inquiry...of the investigated, not the 
investigator. Discourse Studies, 7(4-5), 455-80.

The article begins with a sketch of the relation 
of interaction to language and to culture, and of
the students of interaction to the students of
language and of culture. A 10-second segment of 
recorded interaction at a family dinner is then 
examined in a fashion meant to preserve the 
integrity of what is being done interactionally
while incorporating attention to the deployment of
various facets of the language that is used, and
its relationship to simultaneously ongoing bodily 
doings. An interactional practice – whining – from
that episode is then juxtaposed with the same 
practice in several other segments of interaction 
in the interests of developing a more formal, 
transsituational account. The viability of 
research focused on phenomena in an analytically 
distinct domain of events while preserving the 
integrity of the occasions in which instances of
the phenomenon occurred is then reviewed, using a
case study of the conjoint use of phonetic 
analysis and conversation analysis. The article 
concludes with a reply to Levinson’s article in 
this special issue of the journal, and uses the 
occasion to sketch the relationship between
interaction and so-called ‘macro’ social and 
cultural formations such as kinship.

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