Omni-relevance and Interactional Context

Fitzgerald, Richard, Housley, William and Butler, Carly (2008). Omni-relevance and Interactional Context. 109, Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University.

Author Fitzgerald, Richard
Housley, William
Butler, Carly
Title Omni-relevance and Interactional Context
School, Department or Centre Cardiff School of Social Sciences
Institution Cardiff University
Report Number 109
Publication date 2008
Publisher Cardiff School of Social Sciences
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Language eng
Subject 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
1903 Journalism and Professional Writing
20 Language, Communication and Culture
2001 Communication and Media Studies
Abstract/Summary During the course of this article the concept of omni-relevance is explored in relation to talk-in-interaction. Through the use of the reconsidered model of membership categorization analysis (Housley and Fitzgerald, 2002) issues relating to context and understanding within the local production of interactional order are discussed. The paper argues that the use of omni-relevant devices and associated ‘recognition work’ provide a means of empirically documenting how ‘extra-textual understanding’ and ‘background expectancies’ are made retrospectively apparent within the contours of membership work and alignment in story telling practices. To this extent we argue that an understanding of omni-relevance and membership categorization practices is central to debates concerning category, sequence and context within empirical studies of talk-in-interaction.
Keyword Omnirelevance
Interactional order
Additional Notes ISBN 978-1-904815-74-7

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