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Verbal Communication by Louis de Saussure, Andrea Rocci

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Lorenza Mondada

17Multimodal resources and the organization of social interaction

Abstract: Human communication involves not only language but, crucially, the body – being fundamentally multimodal (that is: involving language, gesture, gaze, body postures, movements, objects manipulations and arrangements of bodies in space). This chapter explores some contemporary issues in this field, elaborating on various challenges this perspectives opens both methodologically and theoretically. The study of langauge and the body in social interactions is grounded on video recordings of naturally occurring interactions and on transcripts and other forms of annotation. Analytically, this rich documentation makes possible to study the complexity of the moment-by-moment ...

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