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Coordination of OKAY, nods, and gaze in claiming understanding and closing topics

  • Our paper examines how bodily behavior contributes to the local meaning of OKAY. We explore the interplay between OKAY as response to informings and narratives and accompanying multimodal resources in German multi-party interaction. Based on informal and institutional conversations, we describe three different uses of OKAY with falling intonation and the recurrent multimodal patterns that are associated with them and that can be characterized as ‘multimodal gestalts’. We show that: 1. OKAY as a claim to sufficient understanding is typically accompanied by upward nodding; 2. OKAY after change-of-state tokens exhibits a recurrent pattern of up- and downward nodding with distinctive timing; and 3. OKAY closing larger activities is associated with gaze-aversion from the prior speaker.

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Author:Henrike HelmerORCiDGND, Emma BetzORCiDGND, Arnulf DeppermannORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):OKAY across Languages: Toward a comparative approach to its use in talk-in-interaction
Series (Serial Number):Studies in language and social interaction (-34-)
Place of publication:Amsterdam
Editor:Emma Betz, Arnulf Deppermann, Lorenza Mondada, Marja-Leena Sorjonen
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2021
Date of Publication (online):2021/03/26
Tag:German; bodily conduct; change-of-state token; closing; gaze; multimodal; nodding; object manipulation; transition; understanding
GND Keyword:Blickverhalten; Konversationsanalyse; Körpersprache; Nichtverbale Kommunikation; O.K.; Pragmatik
First Page:363
Last Page:393
This is a postprint of an article that was published in the book "OKAY across Languages: Toward a comparative approach to its use in talk-in-interaction". The published article is under copyright of Benjamins. The publisher should be contacted for permission to re-use or reprint the material in any form.
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Pragmalinguistik / Kommunikationsforschung
Program areas:P1: Interaktion
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt