Final assignment


In this assignment you will begin to see the parts of this course as a connected whole. You will take elements from each assignment and re-analyse them from the perspective of the other assignments. In doing so you will begin to reflect on how the specifics of language and action are used to construct our identities and society. I expect 1200-2000 words not including transcripts.


You will need to complete Jeffersonian transcription of the recordings from your ‘face threat’ assignment and your calling-in interaction. You will also include improved transcripts from your transcription assignment. You must view my specific feedback and rubric and understand the general principles of what needs to be improved. You will also transcribe at least thirty seconds from at least one other student for part 1.

In your written piece you will:

Begin with an introduction that provides an overview of the cases you use and the answers you will have. This should be about 200 words and cover the arguments/observations you will make.


Find an examples of categories being used. You may not use your own recordings for this, it must be another student’s. This section should be 400-800 words. Do not share transcripts (plagiarism detection is on). Recalling that categorisation is not an action, address the following

  • What position is it in the adjacency pair? What conditions does the overall action create or satisfy?
  • What action is the turn in which the categorisation located doing? (repair? storytelling?complaining?)
  • What assumptions does the use of this category reveal that the speakers are making about people and the world?

You will present a brief 2 sentence introduction to the transcript, you will give the transcript a heading based on the file title used. You cannot embed audio, canvas deletes it. Expect to get 0 on transcription if I have no way of ascertaining which transcripts you’ve used. It is best to embed a hyperlink to the canvas/box file alongside giving the heading used in the recording assignment file.

After you introduce and present the first transcript you will address the details of the prompts above. The rubric rewards finding different actions and different categories.


In this section you will provide a Jeffersonian transcription of you calling-in interaction. This section will be about 500 words. You will provide a brief introduction to the transcript (reminding me of the situation and who is who) and then address the following

  • Identify 2 kinds of pre-sequences, mitigations, or indirectness that were employed in your call-in
  • Relate these to the various face-threats involved in this interaction employing the relevant concepts
  • Discuss the ‘remedial work’ in the exchange


In this section you will enter a dialogue with the ideas of this course and your identity and self. In around 500 words you will address

  • One element of social interaction you see in a new way
  • One example of how understanding gender, race, LGBTQI issues as issues of language will change how you act
  • Using the example of your ‘nice face threat’ describe how social rules and ethical conduct can clash. Using the transcript you make here will improve your grade.

As with the other sections (see below) you must include citations and quotes in this section, even though it will include your opinion also.

Then you will provide a conclusion in 100-200 words summarizing the key points of the assignment.


You may not take new recordings.

If other students recordings sound scripted, concocted, or awkward, this will reduce your grade, avoid recordings that sound like that.

If you did not obtain recordings for assignment 5 see me. This may cost you some points in some cases.


You must cite the Stokoe text extensively in section 1 and 2. You must cite relevant course readings also (Garcia, Zhang-Waring). Cite the Gergen text and anything relevant from Shrikant/bailey or goodwin etc in section 3.


As discussed in week 5 I am also grading you on gathering and using citations from outside of the course. Do not use google. Follow the instructions from week 5. You must gather 4 citations and use at lease one ‘out of course’ citation per section. You may use other Gergen texts (Links to an external site.) in section 3 in addition to the wiki. Keep quotes under 1 sentence. Never end a paragraph on a quote.


If you find a PRACTICE or a device, you may consult me about describing that. In those cases I may give leeway on certain elements.

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