Scottish Ethnomethodology, Interaction, Discourse and Talk (SEDIT) group welcomes you to their online learning resource.

Working title: How to analyse talk, texts & video

An online resource for students

In these eight modules you will be introduced to various features and techniques for analysing language and social practices. These are organised into eight modules. You can work through these modules in order or simply select the modules that interest you most or are most relevant to your course. Each module will explain and illustrate a particular set of principles or techniques, provide worked examples of those techniques using a variety of data, and will then present you with similar data extracts and some guidelines so that you can have a go at doing your own analysis. You can then compare your analysis with the model answers provided. Most modules include both core and advanced exercises.

If you are new to this area, you will probably want to go straight to the core exercises, and you may feel that this is enough for your purposes. If you have already covered the principles or techniques (e.g. in class), then you may use the core exercises to consolidate your knowledge or you may decide to go straight to the advanced exercises.


Module 1: Language as social action
Module 2: Conversation analysis
Module 3: Genres across different institutions (or, talk in context)
Module 4: Categories and their use
Module 5: Visual organisation and video analysis
Module 6: Working with published text
Module 7: Doing and checking analysis
Module 8: Diversity in analysis

To begin, follow the ‘Click’ arrow to the button, then select ‘Sections’ and the links to each module will be displayed on the side of the page.

Note: Transcripts and data have been generously shared by a number of authors, where their analysis is also being used this is stated and where not, readers should assume that the analysis is by Gafaranga, Lamont, Laurier, McKinlay or Widdicombe.