2015 Outstanding Dissertation

Ingrid Li Soto (UC Santa Barbara)  “Social Relations and Institutional Structures and in Modern American Political Campaigns.” Dissertation Chair: Geoffrey Raymond. Reviewers wrote: Soto’s dissertation focuses on the 2008 Presidential Election campaign speeches and provides a fine grained analysis of interaction between the speaker and the audience. It demonstrates how a successful speech depends on properly timed audience response to the speaker’s communicative actions, whether they are boo...
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2014 Outstanding Dissertation

Joshua Raclaw, currently an honorary fellow at University of Wisconsin-Madison: Indexing inferables and organizational shifts: ‘No’-prefaces in English conversation. Dissertation chair: Barbara Fox of University of Colorado. Reviewers wrote that:  This research employs theories and methods well-grounded in the LSI historical community, but makes strong, clear contributions to that literature as well. The author ably employs complimentary analytic concepts that span sub-disciplinary boundaries...
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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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