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No one other than the host has spoken before Riatsch does in this extract. It means that the host takes a very extended turn at talking before the first speaker transition despite many places where a transition could have occurred. This shows that all the participants of the debate cooperate to produce an accountable debate, where the host takes and is given the first and extended turn, and the panellists speak only when asked to by the host. This collective behaviour should not be described as caused by the specific speech exchange system of the TV debate.
In some cases the group that launched the initiative withdraws it in favour of the counter-project. Whatever the Parliament decides, the Swiss citizens have to vote: on the initiative, on the counter-project, or on both. This happens three to four times a year, with usually several projects for the same voting day. Another important procedure is called the ‘referendum’. It allows citizens (provided they have gathered 50,000 signatures) to oppose a law voted by the Parliament. The initiative and the referendum make Switzerland one of the most participative democracy in the western world.
This analysis shows a systematic relation between the categorisation of the next speaker and the question she/he is asked. The final analysis briefly examines the answers given by the two panellists to see how they treat the categorisation that was used in and through the question. The categorical order can thus be shown to be oriented to, in and through turn taking practices of the most familiar kind (Watson 1994, 1997, Psathas 1999, Widmer 2001). The endogenous articulation of categorial and sequential phenomena was first demonstrated through Sacks’ seminal lectures (Sacks 1992), but has been largely neglected by conversation analysis, and its focus on the sequential organisation.