This paper provides a introduction to conversation analysis. CA is traced from its roots to ethnomethodology, and five features of talk are examined (turn taking procedures, adjacency pairs, presequences, formulations, and accounts). Clinical examples are provided. The relevance of CA to clinicians, researchers and supervisors is also discussed.


The author would also like to acknowledge Ron Wilson and Michael Moerman for helpful editorial and analytical comments. Portions of this paper were presented at the 51st Annual AAMFT Conference, Anaheim, California.

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