October 12, 2017
Haines 279
Amelia Hill

The Conversation Analysis Working Group is pleased to present:

Elliott Hoey (Post-doctoral researcher, Loughborough University): Drinking for Speaking: Multiactivity with Drinks in Conversation

Many conversations are accompanied by drinking. Physiological constraints, however, largely preclude drinking and speaking concurrently. Conversational interactants must therefore coordinate drinking with speaking. In this paper, I build on prior research investigating the coordination of talk and bodily action by analyzing the placement of drinking in talk-in-interaction. Specifically I examine when participants lift their drinks. This action reveals participants’ analyses of the current participation framework by rendering the present/upcoming moment as ‘a moment where I don’t speak’. The data are 300+ such instances collected from video-recorded natural interactions in English, analyzed using multimodal conversation analysis.

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