Can perhaps some of you advice me on tools/methods/models used for a
dialogism-based understanding of people's conversations? One such model,
called "Initiative-response analysis" was for example presented in P.
Linell, L. Gustavsson, and P. Juvonen. Interactional dominance in dyadic
communication: a presentation of initiative-response analysis. Linguistics,
26:415--442, 1988, but it would be interesting to see more tools like this.
One could of course always start by using software such as NVivo and go for
a very open-minded approach and see what themes and topics that appear from
a material. However, as far I as know, that requires a whole lot of
understanding from the researcher at the start, in order to know what to
look for in the conversations. Therefore, it would be interesting to hear
more about your experiences from using analytical tools and models to
understand dialogs along the lines of Bakhtin/Volosinov/Holquist and others.
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