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The purpose of the Language and Social Interaction (LSI) website is to promote the understanding and development of speech and language processes. LSI scholars in this division are concerned with the utilization of speech, language, or gesture in human communication including studies of discourse processes, face-to-face interaction, communication competence, speech act theory, cognitive processing, and conversation analytic, ethnographic, ethnomethodological, and sociolinguistic scholarship. ...
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Awards 1982-2006

Recipients of the LSI Dissertation Award (an incomplete list) 2006 Galina Bolden (UCLA): Delayed and incipient actions: The discourse markers “-to” and “so” in Russian and English conversation 2005 Mariaelena Bartesaghi (University of Pennsylvania): Explanatory paths, therapeutic directions, conversational destinations: Accountability and authority in therapeutic interaction 2004 Mardi Kidwell (UCSB): Looking to see someone is looking at you: Gaze and the organization of observability in...
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2007 Top Four Panel

Emma Beitz for her paper entitled "Syntactic Resources for Managing Speakership and Recipiency in Everyday Interaction: Pivots in German Conversation". Curtis LeBaron, Phillip J. Glenn, and Thompson Michael for their paper entitled, "Micro-Practices of Knowing During Employment Interviews: Situated Interplay Between the File-Self and the Embodied-Self" Jack Sidnell for his paper entitled, "The design and positioning of questions in inquiry testimony" Ruey-Jiuan Regina Wu for...
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2008 Top Four Panel

Danielle Pillet-Shore for her paper entitled "Making way and making sense for arrivers: Pre-present parties' previous activity formulations". Heidi Kevoe-Feldman for her paper entitled, "What is the Status of 'Status'?: Understanding the Action of Soliciting an Update On Equipment being Repaired" Mardi Kidwell for her paper entitled,"What Happened?: An Epistemics of Before and After in Police Questioning" David Boromisza-Habashi for his paper entitled, "Norm Violation as Ana...
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2009 Outstanding Scholarship

Barnett Pearce & Vernon Cronen was awarded the Old Chestnut Award for their classic work, "Communication, action, and meaning" (1980), which elaborated the basic argument for the Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM). This important scholarship was ground breaking because it helped to open a space for LSI work because it offered a way to understanding something between people rather than recycling (social) psychological variables that were popular in mainstream communication research of...
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