An Informal Conversation With Three Hospitality Postgraduate Students

Mears, Stephen R. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5802-5783 (2021) An Informal Conversation With Three Hospitality Postgraduate Students. In: CAUTHE 2021: Transformations in Uncertain Times: Future Perfect in Tourism, Hospitality and Events, 9 Feb - 12 Feb 2021, Virtual conference.


Abstract

Conversation Analysis (CA) examines spoken discourse through the use of a variety of tools. Some of these include: adjacency pairs, turn taking, conversational opening and closings and others. Its strength is with analysing recordings of spoken data (Paltridge, 2012). However, as an approach to the analysis of spoken discourse, CA's detail becomes 'less-accentuated' in the absence of implicature. This working paper, will briefly address the relevance of implicature-particularly the maxim of relation, and how other discourse considerations (channels) contribute to furthering the 'informal' representation of spoken words with meaning. The methodology and discourse considerations advocated in this working paper, contribute to research quality and acquisition of knowledge in meaning-making-being explored in a mixed methods study currently undertaken by the author2. As such, this working paper provides evidence towards validating this phenomenon of meaning-making. In providing insight to this argument, a CA analysis was undertaken with three postgraduate hospitality students. To acknowledge the sample size (n), a sample methodology using 'quality of information power' was used to gain insight into CA discourse and other discourse considerations as identified above. All three participants were aware of the study's intent, signed disclosure statements and remained anonymous in the reporting of this study. It should be noted, that attributes relating to inequality, power, social and cultural differences, whilst relevant, are beyond the scope of this working paper (Wooffitt, 2005). The findings of the study, through analysis of turn taking between participants, suggested a representation of meaning given to implicature (maxim of relation) and communication through adjacency of pairs. Whilst these are of interest, and further the capability of CA as a discourse tool, it is the 'opportunity' to incorporate other analysis tools that gives meaning to an 'informal conversation'.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2022 04:55
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2022 03:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: critical approaches discourse analysis, interviews, qualitative research, students
Fields of Research (2020): 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4799 Other language, communication and culture > 479999 Other language, communication and culture not elsewhere classified
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3599 Other commerce, management, tourism and services > 359999 Other commerce, management, tourism and services not elsewhere classified
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160102 Higher education
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280106 Expanding knowledge in commerce, management, tourism and services
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1302 Communication > 130202 Languages and linguistics
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/50803

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