Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Talk: the science of conversation
  1. Toni Saad
  1. Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Gloucester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Toni Saad, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Gloucester, GL1 3NN, UK; toni.saad{at}

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.

The Gloucester neurology book club met in the sunny outdoors to talk about Talk, a book that examines the everyday phenomenon of conversation. Elizabeth Stokoe, its author, Professor of Social Interaction at Loughborough University, UK, presents her case that conversation is a worthy and fruitful object of inquiry, which can be used for good (or ill). The book broadly comprises the author setting out principles and techniques of conversation analysis drawn from dialogue, interspersed with notes on the history of conversation analysis, and advice about how to use conversation effectively. The relevance of this subject to those of who rely heavily on conversing, particularly with patients, animated our discussion.

The group was more polarised than on previous …

View Full Text


  • Contributors TS is the sole author of this paper.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

Other content recommended for you