A talk with Elizabeth Stokoe (twitter: @lizstokoe), who researches conversation analysis (CA) and who is the author of the book ‘Talk: The Science of Conversation.’ (This is my second episode about CA; see my talk with Saul Albert.) Topics discussed include:
- What are some of the most useful things CA has found?
- What does the analysis of comedy teach us about conversational rules?
- How do the “turns we take” and the conversational rules we abide by help define us in others’ eyes?
- Does the common perception that men and women talk differently have much scientific support?
- Why is the “most communication is non-verbal” concept wrong and yet so popular?
- What’s wrong with a lot of the focus on building rapport?
- What can CA teach us about how to better persuade others and avoid driving them away? And how is that related to political polarization dynamics?
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