CA Transcription course

Presenter(s) Dr Rein Ove Sikveland
Location Loughborough University


This is a practical workshop to develop the transcription skills of PhD students and researchers using conversation analysis (CA). The workshop focuses primarily on the Jeffersonian convention, and includes exercises in phonetic listening skills and prosodic analysis.

Some familiarity with conversation analysis and data collection would be an advantage. Data and materials are supplied on the day.

This workshop is part of a series of upcoming CA workshops to be offered at Loughborough University’s Centre for Research in Communication and Culture, including Advanced CA, Medical interaction, Children’s interactions, Discursive Psychology and Membership Categorization Analysis. Read more about upcoming workshops here.


Who is running the workshop? 

The workshop will be organised and led by Rein Sikveland. Rein is a Research Associate with background in CA and phonetics, currently applying CA and CARM to service encounters, crisis negotiation, and teacer education (CAiTE).

Time and place

The workshop will run from 10.00-17.00 on Thursday 21st November 2019, at Loughborough University (room TBC).

Here is some info for how to get to Loughborough University.

Taking the bus: Kinchbus going from outside Loughborough train station (the bus has yellow and blue colours): It costs £2 single and takes about 15 mins. You get off at bus stop Computer Studies which is the stop after Student’s Union. The next bus stop, Accommodation centre, is also near the Edward Herbert Building.

Driving: Visitors are asked to use the main entrance on Epinal Way. When you arrive, Security will issue you with a temporary parking permit. Just say you’re attending a workshop in conversation analysis. There is parking near the Edward Herbert building, but if full, check other alternatives on the campus map. Security can also advise you where to park.

What to bring

Bring your own laptop (ideally PC but Mac is okay) and headphones. Please ensure you have either Audacity (free) or Audition installed.


Please have a look at “Handbook of Conversation Analysis” by Sidnell and Stivers (2013; chapter 4, pp. 57-76) and/or “Transcribing for social research” by Hepburn and Bolden (2017).

To apply to attend this workshop

The workshop has limited places, which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please register to attend via the link below.

The cost of the workshop is £50. This includes daily mid-morning and afternoon (unlimited!) refreshments, but not lunch.

Accommodation can be booked at Burleigh Court or in one of the cheaper hotels in the town (e.g. Link, Premier Inn, Travelodge).

Please contact Rein ( with any queries.