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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Listening Between the Lines: The Micro-Analysis of Everyday Talk

Trena Paulus, Associate ProfessorCollege of Education, Health and Human Sciences - Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling

With all of the hype around “big data” it can be easy to overlook the impact of everyday talk on our lives and institutions. Participants in the Discourse Analysis Research Team in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences have been using micro-analysis of talk to explore how language is used to accomplish a variety of tasks in both online and offline conversations. This presentation will highlight some of these findings, including how Tennessee’s definition of “teacher effectiveness” was generated in policy conversations in Nashville (Rachael Gabriel, Theory and Practice in Teacher Education), how female NFL followers perform their identity as authentic fans (Traci Yates, Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies) and how the recently bereaved enter online support groups (Mary Alice Varga, Educational Psychology and Counseling). A better understanding of what everyday conversations are doing can help us develop strategies for positive change.​

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