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Gestures in overlap. The situated establishment of speakership

  • This paper aims at contributing to the analysis of overlaps in turns-at-talk from both a sequential and a multimodal perspective. Overlaps have been studied within Conversation Analysis by focusing mainly on verbal and vocal resources; taking into account multimodal resources such as gesture, bodily posture, and gaze contributes to a better understanding of participants’ orientations to the sequential organization of overlapping talk and their management of speakership. First, we introduce the way in which overlaps have been studied in Conversation Analysis, mainly by Jefferson (1973, 1983, 2004) and Schegloff (2000); then we propose possible implications of their multimodal analysis. In order to demonstrate that speakers systematically orient to the overlap onset and resolution we analyze the multimodal conduct of overlapped speakers. Findings show methodical variations in trajectories of overlap resolution: speakers’ gestures in overlap display themselves as maintaining or withdrawing their turn, thereby exhibiting the speakership achieved and negotiated during overlap.

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Author:Lorenza MondadaORCiDGND, Florence OloffORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):Integrating gestures. The interdisciplinary nature of gesture
Series (Serial Number):Gesture Studies (4)
Place of publication:Amsterdam/Philadelphia
Editor:Gale Stam, Mika Ishino
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2011
Date of Publication (online):2022/03/29
Publishing Institution:Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS)
GND Keyword:Gespräch; Geste; Interaktion; Konversationsanalyse; Körpersprache; Multimodalität; Sprecherwechsel
First Page:321
Last Page:338
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
Linguistics-Classification:Gesprächsforschung / Gesprochene Sprache
Linguistics-Classification:Pragmalinguistik / Kommunikationsforschung
Licence (English):License LogoCreative Commons - Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International