How is the task of giving a presentation accomplished? In this insightful book Johanna Rendle-Short unpacks this seemingly simple task to show the complexity that underlies it. Examining the academic presentation as a case in point, she details how seminar presenters interact with the audience and objects around them to produce a coherent whole. Through detailed examination of talk-in-interaction the book throws light on one instance of talk as situated practice, demonstrating both the ordinariness of the academic presentation, and its intricate complexity. While audience members recognize that a seminar is underway, this book shows how this recognition comes about. The Academic Presentation will greatly interest scholars of talk and interaction analysis, situated talk, ethnomethodology and conversation analysis.
Table of Contents
Contents: Series preface. Transcription Conventions; Introduction; Transcribing video data; The presentation as monologue; Doing the academic presentation; Showing structure within the academic presentation; Doing deixis; Interacting with objects; Conclusion; References; Index.
Johanna Rendle-Short is a lecturer in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at The Australian National University, Australia.
'The book provides a meticulous dissection of the situated talk we recognize and respond to in the academic seminar, showing how that recognition and response occur and how being an academic seminar presenter is accomplished.' European Journal of Communication