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Turn-taking and action sequences

How and when do people negotiate when they should take a turn at talk and what they should say next, particularly in multiparty interactions?

This subproject deals with how conversational turns are composed and ordered into coherent sequences of social actions. Taking turns within conversation demands extraordinarily precise coordination. By using high-definition video recordings of multiparty conversations, we adopt a multimodal approach that examines how conversational turns are constructed and allocated between the various conversational participants. We will attend to questions of timing, turn allocation and turn design – considering, for example, how lexicon and grammar, eyegaze, gesture and physical embodiment are meaningfully packaged as conversational turns that deliver particular social actions, which in turn form part of broader sequences of social actions.