Finger Dialogue; a study of hand gesture in classroom interaction
2012 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Finger Dialogue; A study of hand gesture in classroom interaction
In this study I examine the organization of some sequences of interaction in which participants in classroom mobilize their fingers upon the surface of a paper or on the whiteboard to mark or foreground, or to point at something as a point of departure in meaning making. Driven from my classroom video-recorded data, I will show a few excerpts in which such an action prompts the recipient to produce a gloss of what that “reference” might mean or to find and make it relevant to the ongoing local interactional process. The action makes the object a locus of mutual attention/interest or candidate-problem. My analysis eventually draws upon what Goodwin (in press) calls “a co-operative transformation zone", a place where objects and participants are simultaneously transformed. I will try to demonstrate that paper or whiteboard becomes a locus for both co-actions and co-activities of the participants, where a single object can be transformed into a 'learnable' (Majlesi and Broth, forthcoming) linguistic data within a temporally unfolding embodied process. The collection of cases in this study is taken from 50 hours of video recording from Swedish-as-a-second-language classrooms in which the participants are all adults of different linguistic backgrounds. These classes are specially designed for non-Swedes who come to Sweden to live or work and need to learn Swedish as their additional language.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Languages and Literature
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-113627OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-113627DiVA: diva2:783520
Nordisco 2012 (Nordic Interdisciplinary Conference on Discourse and Interaction), Linköping, 21-23 November, 2012