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This book addresses issues of talk and cognition. For the first time some of the
world‟s experts on interaction analysis have been brought together to consider the nature and
role of cognition. They address the question of what part, if any, cognitive entities should
play in the analysis of interaction. They develop different answers. Some are consistent with
current thinking in cognitive psychology and cognitive science; others are more critical,
questioning the idea that cognition is the obvious and necessary start point for the study of
This book chapter has been accepted for publication and will appear in a revised form, subsequent to appropriate editorial input by Cambridge University Press, in Conversation and Cognition published by Cambridge University Press.