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Multimodal Conversation Analysis: Exploring the interface between talk and the body (Ringvorlesung Sprache und Kommunikation: verbal, digital, multimodal)

Lecturer(s)Lorenza Mondada
Contact personHeike Behrens
Emailheike.behrens@unibas.ch
DateTuesday, 8th November 2022, 16:15 - 18:00
LocationUniversität Basel, Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 120, Petersplatz 1 Basel Switzerland
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Multimodal Conversation Analysis: Exploring the interface between talk and the body (Ringvorlesung Sprache und Kommunikation: verbal, digital, multimodal)

 

 

Lorenza Mondada

 

Starting point and questions

 

  • The importance of the body to make sense in social interaction
  • How to consider the entire body (and not only gestures, or nods, or gaze in a separate way) in our approach of action?
  • How do people identify and recognize what is going on even when they don’t know the other persons they are about to interact with?

Data

• Chance encounters in public space

• Activists approaching pedestrians to ask for support to an environmental organization

• How encounters emerge in public space, how the convergence of walking trajectories projects an imminent interaction, what are the very first words uttered?

• Both an ordinary mundane practice and an institutional practice (encountering people is a skillful practice that characterizes some professions, like street vendors, activists)

• Reveals the fundaments of communication in social interaction