Transcribing as Research: “Manual” Transcription and Conversation Analysis

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Moore (2015/this issue) discusses possibilities afforded by state-of-the-art automated transcription technologies for conversation analytic (CA) research. Since these technologies may become attractive to conversation analysts, their impact should be carefully considered. In this commentary, I offer some words of caution about adopting automated transcription techniques. Three issues are raised: first, the role of transcribing in research and training; second, potential influences of automated transcription on research agendas; and, third, some analytic problems involved in relying on a large bank of transcribed yet unfamiliar data. Data are in American English.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)276-280
Number of pages5
JournalResearch on Language and Social Interaction
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 3 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Communication
  • Linguistics and Language


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