Time to Talk
James Moir, University of Abertay Dundee, UK
This chapter is concerned with the temporal nature of talk within conversation and its relationship with interpreting and understanding what is said. Within the field of conversation analysis analysts are not concerned with how fast interlocutors are thinking as they talk with one another, but instead focus on the ways that procedural issues are attended to. This aversion to inferring mental processes has been taken up by analysts interested in examining discursive psychology through the ways in which discourse is produced in talk in terms of its orientation to psychological concerns. Such an approach shares with conversational analysis an agnostic stance with respect to underlying mental processes as the modus operandi of conversational exchanges.