studied Dutch Linguistics and Literature as an undergraduate,
and did a masters in General Linguistics at Nijmegen University (the Netherlands).
He got his PhD from the Faculty of Arts of Groningen University. The German linguists
Konrad Ehlich and Jochen Rehbein were very influential teachers for his introduction into the field of
discourse analysis, functional pragmatics and action logic (the period from 1977 until
Mazeland got his basic training in conversation analytic skills from Gail Jefferson during the eighties,
and took courses from Emanuel Schegloff during a stay as a visiting scholar at UCLA (1997-98).
Apart from an appointment at the Department of Dutch Studies of the Free University Amsterdam,
and a guest professorship at the
International Graduate School in Language and Communication
(autumn 1998, Odense University Denmark),
Mazeland works since 1990 as a (senior) lecturer at the department of Language and Communication
of the University Groningen
Centre for Language and Cognition Groningen CLCG;
teaching in the academic programs for
Communication and Information Studies
and Research Master Linguistics.
His main research interest is on
language use in talk in interaction
(conversation analysis, interactional linguistics, discourse and grammar).
His publications include
a handbook-like introduction to conversation analysis (2003), a monograph on question/answer-sequences (1992),
several articles on constructional features of utterances in sequences of actions,
and a series of papers on categorization practices in talk in interaction.
He is currently (co-) supervising PhD-projects on talk in interaction between elderly people (Christina Englert),
care-taking interactions with elderly people (Agnes Engbersen), and the grammar of returns in talk in interaction (Trevor Benjamin).
In the eighties, Mazeland worked as a researcher in a research project
on classroom interaction, particularly with respect to the methodology
of discourse analysis (funded by the German Research Foundation DFG, with
Konrad Ehlich and Jochen Rehbein as supervisors),
and in a conversation analytic project on the interaction in
non-standardized research interviews
(funded by the Dutch Research Council NWO, supervisor Paul ten Have).
Mazeland's masters thesis (1975) was on classroom interaction. He was also one
of the co-authors of a critical study of sociolinguistic theories about
the relationship between language and social class
(together with Jan Lenders and Michel van Nieuwstadt, 1978).
- member editorial board Tijdschrift voor Taalbeheersing
- initiator of the AWIA Symposium series on Research on Talk in Interaction
(see AWIA symposium series)
and (co-)organizer of three AWIA symposia at the University of Groningen (1993 Alan Firth; 1999 Jörg Bergmann; 2007 Tanya Stivers)
- organizer of a Transana training by David Woods (University of Groningen 2004)
- member scientific committee Interactional Linguistics Conferences: Spa 2000 and Helsinki 2002, International
Conference on Conversation Analysis (ICCA): Copenhagen 2002, Helsinki 2006 and Mannheim 2010
- vice chair of the organizing committee of 17th Sociolinguistics Symposium Amsterdam, 3-5 April 2008