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Drew, Paul and John Heritage. 1992. Talk at work. Interaction in institutional settings. Cambridge & New York: Cambridge University Press. X+580 pp.
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Book – monograph
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This volume investigates how work is accomplished via talk in various settings including classrooms; courtrooms; job interviews; news interviews; diagnosis delivery in medical settings; 911 emergency calls; institutionalized advice-giving by nurses to new mothers in their homes; the problematic relationship between troubles-telling and service encounters; and gate-keeping interviews which lead to the exclusion of minorities. Three factors unifying these papers are: the use of conversation analytic theory; a focus on the activities involved in building questions and providing relevant answers; and a detailed analysis of specific sequences of interaction recorded on audio or video tape.

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