This major work collects together the key contributions to the core traditions and research themes of Language and Social Interaction, a thriving international and interdisciplinary field. This field has developed over the last fifty years or so and now informs work in a wide range of disciplines across the globe, especially in Europe, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Scandinavia and Southeast Asia.
The central aim of Methods in Language and Social Interaction is to characterise the historical development and current status of the field while providing an account of, and illustrations of, its key debates.
" Volume I covers the key linguistic traditions that have played a part in the development of this subject area.
" Volume II focuses on the central contributions that have come from sociological and social psychological perspectives.
" Volume III contains studies which examine, from various angles, the relationships between discourse and institutional dimensions of society.
" Volume IV contains studies which examine the micro-social and interpersonal functioning of discourse.
Ian Hutchby is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Leicester. His main areas of research include the social processes involved in language use, and how these relate to the structures of human relations, social institutions, and other mediating environmental factors such as technology. He has conducted studies on a range of topics including language in broadcasting, the role of new technologies in mediating interaction, children's language and interaction skills, and psychotherapeutic and other counselling discourses. His writings include Media Talk: Conversation Analysis and the Study of Broadcasting (Open University Press, 2006) and The Discourse of Child Counselling (John Benjamins, 2007).