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Transcribing Conversation

To analyze conversation, audio data is typically transcribed into a written form that is amenable to analysis. There are two general approaches. The first is a more detailed method that captures the minutiae of conversational interaction, known as a narrow transcription. The second requires less detail and is known as a broad transcription. This article provides examples of both methods and introduces a format for visually displaying the relative distribution of speaker participation in conversations.

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What Do We Talk About?

Just what do humans talk about? Well, we communicate in speech and writing by packaging information into clauses. A clause typically consists of a process and a participant. Sometimes circumstances may be added to provide additional details about the process. The processes themselves represent the goings-on that we talk about. There are three types of process: states, events and actions. This, in essence, is what humans talk about.

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