Examining how simultaneous talk functions in a qualitative research interview

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Christensen, Steven A. and Whitehead, M.. 2010. "Examining how simultaneous talk functions in a qualitative research interview." Mrowinski, Vicky, Kyrios, Michael and Voudouris, Nicholas (ed.) 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP 2010). Melbourne, Australia 11 - 16 Jul 2010 Melbourne, Australia.
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Examining how simultaneous talk functions in a qualitative research interview

Presentation TypePoster
AuthorsChristensen, Steven A. (Author) and Whitehead, M. (Author)
EditorsMrowinski, Vicky, Kyrios, Michael and Voudouris, Nicholas
Journal or Proceedings TitleAbstracts of the 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology
Number of Pages1
Year2010
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
ISBN9780909881467
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.icap2010.com
Conference/Event27th International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP 2010)
Event Details
27th International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP 2010)
Event Date
11 to end of 16 Jul 2010
Event Location
Melbourne, Australia
Abstract

The general aim of this study was to describe some of the discursive practices for managing qualitative research interviews. The specific aim was to examine the form, function, and location of simultaneous talk in a qualitative research interview. A conversation analysis (cf., Sacks, 1992) of 266 lines of transcribed talk from New Zealand Interview 2 (van den Berg, Wetherell, &
Houtkoop-Steenstra, 2003) on race relations in New Zealand during the 1980s was completed. First, simultaneous talk was identified in the transcript. Second, acknowledgement tokens and continuers (cf., Gardner, 2001) that were
produced in overlap with other talk were excluded. Third, the remaining instances were categorised using Ferguson’s (1977) interruptions taxonomy and Jefferson’s (1984)
notes on the interactional properties at overlap onset. Simultaneous talk occurs at or near a transition relevant place where speaker change can legitimately occur. Judging a break in the continuity of the first speaker’s talk was difficult and subjective. This undermines using Ferguson’s criteria to categorise simple, overlap, butt-in, and silent interruptions. However examining the sequential, semantic, and interactional properties of the talk prior to, at, and following overlap onset, shows how a recipient closely attends to the talk in progress. Thus simultaneous talk is aligned to the syntactic complete-ness, adequacy, or dysfluency of questions, answers, and other actions produced in a qualitative research interview. Simultaneous
talk is typically treated as interrupting, and is maligned in ‘how to interview’ textbooks. A focus on speaker change and breaks in verbal continuity overlook a recipient’s fine-grained attention to the current speaker’s talk. The
orderly, lawful, and recurrent onset of simultaneous talk in qualitative research interviews point to its role in progressing this conversation. This finding displays how
interviews are socially constructed and culturally informed events.

Keywordssimultaneous talk, research interviews, discursive practices, conversation analysis, managing qualitative research interviews
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520105. Psychological methodology, design and analysis
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