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The Language and Social Interaction Working Group (LANSI)


The seventh annual meeting of

The Language and Social Interaction Working Group (LANSI)

Teachers College, Columbia University

New York City

September 22-23 (Fri & Sat), 2017


John Heritage (University of California, Los Angeles)

Jürgen Streeck (University of Texas, Austin)


Call for Proposals

LANSI brings together scholars and students working on naturally-occurring data within the broad area of language and social interaction. In keeping with the LANSI spirit of diversity and dialog, we welcome abstracts from colleagues working on a variety of topics using discourse analytic approaches that include but are not limited to conversation analysis, interactional sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, and critical discourse analysis. Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and should include descriptions of the following aspects of the study: (1) problem(s) being addressed; (2) central claim(s); (3) data source(s) and analytic approach(es); (4) a short piece of data to support the main argument; (5) implication(s) of the findings. Please also include a 50-word summary. Abstracts will be blind-reviewed on the basis of clarity, specificity, originality, and the inclusion of the required components. Papers will be presented within a 15 or 20-minute slot with an additional 10 or 5 minutes for discussion.

Deadline for electronic submission is May 31, 2017. Notification of acceptance or non-acceptance will be sent via email by July 15, 2017. For additional information and to submit an abstract, please visit:

Questions can be sent to:

Conference Co-chairs: Hansun Zhang Waring, Elizabeth Reddington, Junko Takahashi, Gahye Song

Data Sessions

Newcomers often ask: "What should I bring?" or "What do I need to do to get prepared?" Bring yourself and a pen, and that's all you need for participating in a data session. Typically, we listen to an audio recording or watch a video recording of some naturally occurring interaction, we do so repeatedly, we write about it individually, and we share our analyses collaboratively. Sometimes we agree. Sometimes we disagree. Most of the time, we walk away with a better analytical grasp of what went on in that piece of data than what we would have gotten--initially and individually.

Spring 2018 Data Sessions
(Saturdays 1-3PM)
January 20
February 24
March 24
April 21
May 19

Fall 2017 Data Sessions
(Saturdays 1-3PM; no session in Sept. due to conference)
October 14
November 18
December 9

Summer 2017 Data Sessions
(Saturdays 1-3PM)
June 24

Spring 2017 Data Sessions
(Saturdays 1-3PM)
January 28
February 11
March 11
April 1
May 13

Fall 2016 Data Sessions

(Saturdays 1-3PM; no session in October due to conference)
September 10
November 12
December 10

Summer 2016 Data Sessions
(Saturdays 1-3PM)
June 4
July 16
August 13

Spring 2016 Data Sessions
(Saturdays 1-3PM)
January 16
February 20
March 5
April 2
May 7

Fall 2015 Data Sessions
(Saturdays 1-3PM; no session in October due to conference)
September 26
November 7
December 5

Summer 2015 Data Sessions
(Saturdays 1-3PM)
June 13
July 11
August 15

Spring 2015 Data Sessions
(Saturdays 1-3PM)
January 10
February 21
March 14
April 11
May 16

Fall 2014 Data Sessions
(Saturdays 1-3PM)
September 20
November 8
December 6
(no data session in October due to LANSI conference 3-4)

Summer 2014 Data Sessions
(Saturdays 1-3PM)
June 21
July 19
August 16

Spring 2014 Data Sessions
(Saturdays 1-3PM)
January 11
February 15
March 8
April 12
May 17

Fall 2013 Data Sessions
(Saturdays 1-3PM)
September 21
November 9
December 7
(no data session in October due to the LANSI conference 18-19)

Summer 2013 Data Sessions
(Saturdays 1-3PM)
June 15
July 20
August 17

Spring 2013 Data Sessions
(Saturdays 1-3PM)
January 26
February 23
March 30
April 27
May  25

Fall 2012 Data Sessions
(Saturdays 1-3PM; 3 sessions due to Sept LANSI Conference)
October 20
November 10
December 8

Summer 2012 Data Sessions)
(Saturdays 1-3PM in GDH 273A)
June 16
July 14
August 18

Spring 2012 Data Sessions 
(All Spring 2012 data sessions take place in GDH 273A)
January 21
February 18
March 17
April 21
May 19

Fall 2011 Data Sessions
Note there will not be any data session in October due to the conference.
Saturdays 1-3PM Grace Dodge Hall 273A
September 24
November 5
December 3

Summer 2011 Data Sessions
Saturdays 1-3PM
June 4 (Zankel Building 311)
July 23 (Grace Dodge Hall 273A)
August 6 (Grace Dodge Hall 273B)

Spring 2011 Data Sessions
Saturdays 1-3PM
January 22 (Grace Dodge Hall 273A)
February 19 (Grace Dodge Hall  273A)
March 5 (Grace Dodge Hall 273A)
April 9 (Grace Dodge Hall 277)
May 7 (Grace Dodge Hall 273B)

Thursdays 12-1PM  
February 3 (cancelled)
March 24 (Grace Dodge Hall 273A)
April 21 (Grace Dodge Hall 273A)
May 19 (Zankel Bulding 311)

To receive announcements of upcoming data sessions, please join our listserv by sending an email to with suject heading: sub lansi


Data Session

Our next data session will take place on Saturday, January 20, from 1-3 pm in GDH 273B.