Conference Interaction: Exchange Structure



This chapter explores how the Convenor manages the conferencing macro-genre as a communicative interaction featuring multiple participants. It surveys how exchange structures operate in the conference, in particular focusing on the joint construction of the commissioned recount. The focus on exchange structures reveals that conferencing is best interpreted as a pedagogic discourse in which the Convenor plays the important role of scaffolding the Young Person so that they produce a full account of the offence, paving the way for the possibility of reintegration into relevant communities of concern. Conferences involve, in other words, a regulative discourse projecting an integrative discourse, supported by Convenors who attempt to open up the possibility of Young Persons taking responsibility for their behaviour.


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  1. 1.School of the Arts & MediaUNSW AustraliaSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Department of LinguisticsUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

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