Madeleine Mathiot, Professor emeritus, received her PhD in anthropology from the Catholic University of America after receiving her MS in linguistics from Georgetown University.

Her study, Talk in Interactive Events: The View from Within, gives an account of the structural elements used by the participants in 12 naturally occurring conversations (see items below). It provides the context within which anyone who is interested can investigate linguistic phenomena, for instance, the syntax of conversation,and aspects of interpersonal dynamics, namely, how the participants utilize the structural elements at their disposal for interactive purpose.

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