The question that this article is concerned with is the following: When training new members of a community, for example, in novice-professional, trainer-trainee, or teacher-student activities, what is it that is being learned? What is it that is offered as something to learn, and how do teachers and students make sense of things as learnables? If one assumes that the issue of learning is always the issue of learning something, this article is about that something, and the resources and consequences of its emergence and existence in learning activities. I shall use the term ‘learnable’ about evolving or emergent objects of learning in social activities. Based on the phenomenological-sociological view on intersubjectivity developed by Husserl (1983, 1989; see also Schutz, 1932/1967, 1975), I will argue for a praxeological (Garfinkel & Sacks, 1970/1986) and dialogical (Bakhtin 1981, 1986; Linell, 2009) investigation of learnables as objects of any sort, whose objective reality is accomplished in the social activity at hand. In language learning classroom interactivities, that are this article’s concern, the phenomena we are talking about are linguistic expressions, their forms, and their functions. It will be argued that their objective reality is an accomplished reality, and their rationale is an achievable phenomenon in social activities.
Phenomenology, Dialogical theory, Conversation Analysis, Ethnomethodology, Multimodal interaction, Learnables, Language learning