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Embodied Interaction
Language and Body in the Material World


Part of Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive and Computational Perspectives

Jürgen Streeck, Charles Goodwin, Curtis LeBaron, Edwin Hutchins, Saeko Nomura, Gene H. Lerner, Don H. Zimmerman, Mardi Kidwell, N. J. Enfield, Eve Tulbert, Marjorie Harness Goodwin, Hiromi Aoki, Shimako Iwasaki, Siri Mehus, Marianne Gullberg, Ray Wilkinson, Steven Bloch, Michael Clarke, Sharon Avital, Elizabeth Keating, Chiho Sunakawa, Lorenza Mondada, Alan Zemel, Timothy Koschmann, Keith M. Murphy, Julien C. Mirivel, Scott Phillabaum, Christian Heath, Paul Luff, John B. Haviland
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  • Date Published: January 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107630420

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  • How do people organize their body movement and talk when they interact with one another in the material world? How do they coordinate linguistic structures with bodily resources (such as gaze and gesture) to bring about coherent and intelligible courses of action? How are physical settings, artifacts, technologies and non-linguistic sign-systems implicated in social interaction and shared cognition? This volume brings together advanced work by leading international scholars who share video-based research methods that integrate semiotic, linguistic, sociological, anthropological and cognitive science perspectives with detailed, microanalytic observations. Collectively they provide a coherent framework for analyzing the production of meaning and the organization of social interaction in the complex and heterogeneous settings that are characteristic of modern life. Embodied Interaction is indispensable for anyone interested in the study of language and social interaction. This volume will be a point of reference for future research on multimodality in human communication and action.

    • Represents state-of-the-art in research on language and embodied interaction
    • All chapters based on video-based ethnographic research in real-life settings
    • Richly illustrated and documented
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    • Date Published: January 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107630420
    • length: 326 pages
    • dimensions: 279 x 216 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.76kg
    • contains: 169 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Embodied interaction in the material world: an introduction Jürgen Streeck, Charles Goodwin and Curtis LeBaron
    Part I. Founding Capacities:
    2. Collaborative construction of multimodal utterances Edwin Hutchins and Saeko Nomura
    3. Formal structures of practical tasks: a resource for action in the social life of very young children Gene H. Lerner, Don H. Zimmerman and Mardi Kidwell
    4. Elements of formulation N. J. Enfield
    5. The changing meanings of things: found objects and inscriptions in social interaction Jürgen Streeck
    6. Choreographies of attention: multimodality in a routine family activity Eve Tulbert and Marjorie Harness Goodwin
    7. Some functions of speaker head nods Hiromi Aoki
    8. The multimodal mechanics of collaborative unit construction in Japanese conversation Shimako Iwasaki
    Part II. Transformational Ecologies:
    9. Creating contexts for actions: multimodal practices for managing children's conduct in the childcare classroom Siri Mehus
    10. Multilingual multimodality: communicative difficulties and their solutions in second language use Marianne Gullberg
    11. On the use of graphic resources in interaction by people with communication disorders Ray Wilkinson, Steven Bloch and Michael Clarke
    12. Terra incognita: social interaction among blind children Sharon Avital and Jürgen Streeck
    13. Contextures of action Charles Goodwin
    14. 'A full inspiration tray': multimodality across real and virtual spaces Elizabeth Keating and Chiho Sunakawa
    Part III. Professional Communities:
    15. The organization of concurrent courses of action in surgical demonstrations Lorenza Mondada
    16. Pursuing a response: prodding recognition and expertise within a surgical team Alan Zemel, Timothy Koschmann and Curtis LeBaron
    17. Building stories: the embodied narration of what might come to pass Keith M. Murphy
    18. Embodied arguments: verbal claims and bodily evidence Julien C. Mirivel
    19. Facilitating tool use in the photography studio through language, gesture, and the act of comparison Scott Phillabaum
    20. Gesture and institutional interaction Christian Heath and Paul Luff
    21. Musical spaces John B. Haviland.

  • Editors

    Jürgen Streeck, University of Texas, Austin
    Jürgen Streeck is a Senior Fellow at Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) and associate professor of communication studies, anthropology, and Germanic studies at The University of Texas at Austin. He conducts micro-ethnographic, video-based research on language and bodily action in diverse cultural contexts and workplaces. Streeck has done fieldwork among African American children; in Germany, the Philippines, and Colombia; and in an auto shop in the United States. He is interested in the coordination of linguistic structure, gesture, and other communicative modalities; the phenomenology and philosophical anthropology of the body; the relationship between embodiment and emplacement; and the bodily foundations of cognition, language, and communication. His publications include Social Order in Child Communication, Children's World and Children's Language (with J. Cook-Gumperz and W. Corsaro), Gesturecraft: The Manu-Facture of Meaning, and New Adventures in Language and Interaction.

    Charles Goodwin, University of California, Los Angeles
    Charles Goodwin is Professor of Applied Linguistics at UCLA. His interests include video analysis of talk-in-interaction; grammar in context; cognition in the lived social world; gesture, gaze, and embodiment as interactively organized social practices; aphasia in discourse; language in the professions; and the ethnography of science. Goodwin has done fieldwork analyzing family interaction in the United States, the work of oceanographers in the Amazon, archaeologists in the United States and Argentina, and the organization of talk, vision, and embodied action in the midst of surgery. As part of the Workplace Project at Xerox PARC, he investigated cognition and talk-in-interaction in ground operations at a major airport. As a member of the Sloan-funded Center for Everyday Lives of Families, he participated in an intensive cross-disciplinary project investigating the daily lives of middle-class, two-wage-earner families in Los Angeles. His publications include Conversational Organization: Interaction Between Speakers and Hearers, Rethinking Context: Language as an Interactive Phenomenon (edited with Alessandro Duranti), Conversation and Brain Damage, and Il Senso del Vedere: Pratiche Sociali della Significazione.

    Curtis LeBaron, Brigham Young University, Utah
    Curtis LeBaron is an Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership and Strategy at Brigham Young University. He teaches graduate and executive education courses on leadership, human resources, and qualitative research methods. LeBaron conducts video-based research on behavior within organizational settings, focusing on topics such as interaction and identity, knowledge and innovation, and organizational strategy as practice. His research has been recognized by the National Institute of Health (Bethesda) and the National Communication Association (LSI division). Funding for research has come from a variety of sources, including the National Science Foundation, a Warren Jones Fellowship (Marriott School of Management), and an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship (EU). He has published in journals such as Journal of Communication, Research on Language and Social Interaction, Human Studies, Cognition and Instruction, and Computer Supported Collaborative Work. He is also the editor of Studies in Language and Social Interaction (with Phillip Glenn and Jenny Mandelbaum).


    Jürgen Streeck, Charles Goodwin, Curtis LeBaron, Edwin Hutchins, Saeko Nomura, Gene H. Lerner, Don H. Zimmerman, Mardi Kidwell, N. J. Enfield, Eve Tulbert, Marjorie Harness Goodwin, Hiromi Aoki, Shimako Iwasaki, Siri Mehus, Marianne Gullberg, Ray Wilkinson, Steven Bloch, Michael Clarke, Sharon Avital, Elizabeth Keating, Chiho Sunakawa, Lorenza Mondada, Alan Zemel, Timothy Koschmann, Keith M. Murphy, Julien C. Mirivel, Scott Phillabaum, Christian Heath, Paul Luff, John B. Haviland

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