Conversation Analysis: Text Analysis of R. K. Narayan’s Short Story “Fellow-Feeling”

Sabiya Shaik, K. Ratna Shiela Mani


Discourse analysis is a primarily linguistic study examining the use of language by its native population whose major concern is investigating language functions along with its forms, produced both orally and in writing. A major area of study in the analysis of discourse is conversation analysis. Conversation analysis looks at ordinary everyday spoken discourse and aims to understand, from a fine-grained analysis of the conversation, how people manage their interactions. It also looks at how social relations are developed through the use of spoken discourse. The aim of this paper is to explain Conversation Analysis of R. K. Narayan’s short story Fellow-Feeling based on the model of Halliday and Hasan (1976). It also focuses the necessity of cohesion in the linguistic analysis of a text. The study has identified that the most grammatical and lexical devices used are references, conjunctions and synonyms etc.


Conversation Analysis, Discourse Analysis, Grammatical and Lexical Cohesion, Linguistic Analysis, Spoken Discourse.

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