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Collecting and analysing multi-source video data. Grasping the opacity of smartphone use in face-to-face encounters

  • The ubiquity of smartphones has been recognised within conversation analysis as having an impact on conversational structures and on the participants’ interactional involvement. However, most of the previous studies have relied exclusively on video recordings of overall encounters and have not systematically considered what is taking place on the device. Due to the personal nature of smartphones and their small displays, onscreen activities are of limited visibility and are thus potentially opaque for both the co-present participants (“participant opacity”) and the researchers (“analytical opacity”). While opacity can be an inherent feature of smartphones in general, analytical opacity might not be desirable for research purposes. This chapter discusses how a recording set-up consisting of static cameras, wearable cameras and dynamic screen captures allowed us to address the analytical opacity of mobile devices. Excerpts from multi-source video data of everyday encounters will illustrate how the combination of multiple perspectives can increase the visibility of interactional phenomena, reveal new analytical objects and improve analytical granularity. More specifically, these examples will emphasise the analytical advantages and challenges of a combined recording set-up with regard to smartphone use as multiactivity, the role of the affordances of the mobile device, and the prototypicality and “naturalness” of the recorded practices.

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Author:Iuliia AvgustisORCiD, Florence OloffORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):Ethnomethodological conversation analysis in motion. Emerging methods and new technologies
Place of publication:London/New York
Editor:Pentti Haddington, Tiina Eilittä, Antti Kamunen, Laura Kohonen-Aho, Tuire Oittinen, Iira Rautiainen, Anna Vatanen
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2023
Date of Publication (online):2023/10/31
Publishing Institution:Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS) [Zweitveröffentlichung]
Tag:analytical opacity; data analysis; data collection; face-to-face interaction; participant opacity; smartphone use; video data
GND Keyword:Ethnomethodologie; Interaktion; Konversationsanalyse; Mobiles Endgerät; Multimodalität; Smartphone; Videoaufzeichnung
First Page:85
Last Page:110
This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in "Ethnomethodological Conversation Analysis in Motion. Emerging Methods and New Technologies" on 29 September 2023, available online: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003424888.
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Gesprächsforschung / Gesprochene Sprache
Linguistics-Classification:Pragmalinguistik / Kommunikationsforschung
Program areas:P1: Interaktion
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt