Institutional CA: Analysis of a Sample

Yuanyuan ZHU


This paper considers the analysis of institutional talks and how they meet their institutional goals. It begins with offering the distinctive characteristics of institutional interactions. Then it is conducted by examining a sample in news interview in terms of the turn-taking organization, the sequence organization, the repair organization and the topic organization, the four basic dimensions of organization as sites of research on institutional talk. The naturally occurring data for analysis is from Newsnight, a weekday BBC Television current affairs programme. Consequently, it is suggested that the institutional CA procedures mentioned above can be applied in the analysis of different institutional talks to identify how they meet their institutional goals.


Conversation analysis; Institutional talk; Organization

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