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Some systematic aspects of self-initiated mobile device use in face-to-face encounters

  • This paper investigates self-initiated uses of mobile phones (such as texting or making a call) in everyday video-recorded conversations among Czech speakers. Using ethnomethodological conversation analysis, it illustrates how participants publicly frame their own de­vice use (for example, by announcements), and how co-present in­terlocutors respond to it. Previous studies have described how participants manage two concurrent communicative involvements, but have not provided detailed sequential descriptions of how de­vice use can be negotiated and accounted for. This study shows that mobile device use in co-presence is not a priori problematic (or vice versa). Instead, participants frame their technology use in different ways according to various features of the social situation they treat as momentarily relevant. These features include the course of the conversation and how the device use relates to it, the overall partic­ipation framework and the opacity of the device use for co-present others.

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Author:Florence OloffORCiDGND
Parent Title (Multiple languages):Journal für Medienlinguistik (jfml) / Special Issue: Mobile Medienpraktiken im Spannungsfeld von Öffentlichkeit, Privatheit und Anonymität
Publisher:Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS)
Place of publication:Mannheim
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2019
Date of Publication (online):2021/05/04
Tag:accounts; announcements; conversation analysis; multimodal analysis; mundane technology use; ordinary conversation; smartphones
GND Keyword:Begegnung; Ethnomethodologie; Gespräch; Konversationsanalyse; Mobiles Endgerät; Smartphone; Tschechisch
First Page:195
Last Page:235
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
Journals:Journal für Medienlinguistik : jfml = Journal for media linguistics
Licence (English):License LogoCreative Commons - Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International