Gene H. Lerner

Department of Sociology

UC Santa Barbara

Here is a list of my publications.  Most are available online. A Topical Guide to my publications is also available.




Lerner, G. H. (1989). Notes on overlap management in conversation: The case of delayed completion. Western Journal of Speech Communication, 53(Spring), 167-177.


Lerner, G. H. (1991). On the Syntax of Sentences in Progress. Language In Society, 20, 441-458.


Lerner, G. H. (1992). Assisted storytelling: Deploying shared knowledge as a practical matter. Qualitative Sociology, 15(3), 247-271.


Lerner, G. H. (1993). Collectivities in action: Establishing the relevance of conjoined participation in conversation. Text, 13(2), 213-245. [Reprinted in Asa Kasher (ed), (1999) Pragmatics - Critical Assessments. Routledge, London]


Lerner, G. H. (1994). Responsive list construction: A conversational resource for accomplishing multifaceted social action. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 13(1), 20-33.


Lerner, G. H. (1995). Turn design and the organization of participation in instructional activities. Discourse Processes, 19(1), 111-131.


Lerner, G. H. (1996). On the place of linguistic resources in the organization of talk-in interaction: "Second person" reference in multi-party conversation. Pragmatics, 6(3), 281-294.


Lerner, G. H. (1996). Finding "face" in the preference structures of talk-in-interaction. Social Psychology Quarterly, 59(4), 303-321.


Lerner, G. H. (1996). On the "semi-permeable" character of grammatical units in conversation:  Conditional entry into the turn space of another speaker.  In E. Ochs, E. A. Schegloff, & S. Thompson (Eds.), Interaction and Grammar, (pp. 238-276). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Lerner, G. H. and Takagi, T.  (1999). On the place of linguistic resources in the organization of talk-in-interaction: A co-investigation of English and Japanese grammatical practices J.  of Pragmatics, 31(1):49-75.


Lerner, G. H. (2002). Turn-sharing: the choral co-production of talk-in-interaction.  In C. Ford, B.  Fox & S.  Thompson (Eds.), The Language of Turn and Sequence, pp. 225-256.  Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Lerner, G. H. and Zimmerman, D. H. (2003). Action and the appearance of action in the conduct of very young children.  In Glenn, P., LeBaron, C., & Mandelbaum, J. (Eds.).  Studies in language and social interaction, pp. 441-457.  Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.


Lerner, G. H. (2003). Selecting next speaker: The context-sensitive operation of a context-free organization. Language in Society, 32(2) 177-201.


Lerner, G. H. (2004). On the place of linguistic resources in the organization of talk-in-interaction: Grammar as action in prompting a speaker to elaborate. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 37(2) 151-184.


Lerner, G. H. (2004). Collaborative Turn Sequences. In G.H. Lerner (Ed.) Conversation Analysis: Studies from the First Generation. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.


Lerner, G. H. & Kitzinger, C. (2007). Extraction and aggregation in the repair of individual and collective self-reference. Discourse Studies 9(4): 526-557.


Schegloff, E. A. & Lerner, G. H. (2009). Beginning to Respond: Well-Prefaced Responses to Wh-Questions. Research On Language And Social Interaction, 42(2), 91–115.


Whitehead, K. & Lerner, G. H. (2009) When Are Persons ‘White’?: On Some Practical Asymmetries of Racial Reference in Talk-in-Interaction.  Discourse and Society 20:5: 613-641.


Lerner, G. H. , Zimmerman, D. H. and Kidwell, M. (2010). Formal Structures of Practical Tasks: A Resource for Action in the Social Life of Very Young Children. In C. Goodwin, C. LeBaron & J. Streeck (Eds.) Embodied Interaction: Language and Body in the Material World. Cambridge University Press.


Lerner, G.H., Bolden, G., Mandelbaum, J. & Hepburn, A. (2012). Granularity Recalibration Repairs: Refining Formulations for the Task at Hand. Research on Language and Social Interaction. 45:2: 191–212.


Lerner, G. H. (2013). On the Place of Hesitating in Delicate Formulations: A Turn-Constructional Infrastructure for Collaborative Indiscretion. In J. Sidnell, M. Hayashi & G. Raymond (Eds.) Conversational Repair and Human Understanding. Cambridge University Press.