Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen & Cecilia E. Ford (eds.)
Sound patterns in interaction: Cross-linguistic studies from
conversation. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2004. Pp.
404. Hb $156.00.
A successor to Couper-Kuhlen & Selting 1996, this volume contains a similar collection of
papers at the interface between phonetics and conversational interaction.
There is a lengthy introductory essay by the editors, followed by 12
chapters grouped into three broad sections: “Turn-taking,”
“Projecting and expanding turns,” and “Connecting across
turns.” Each chapter has a separate bibliography, and the volume has
a general index. Seven of the contributions describe British or American
English, while a further five address the features of German, Finnish, and
Japanese. All the contributions represent work carried out strictly within
the theoretical framework of Conversation Analysis (CA), an approach that
lends itself well to the study of turn-taking.