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Doing space in face-to-face interaction and on interactive multimodal platforms


Jucker, Andreas H; Hausendorf, Heiko; Dürscheid, Christa; Frick, Karina; Hottiger, Christoph; Kesselheim, Wolfgang; Linke, Angelika; Meyer, Nathalie; Steger, Antonia (2018). Doing space in face-to-face interaction and on interactive multimodal platforms. Journal of Pragmatics, 134C:85-101.

Abstract

In this article, we argue that the spatial environment of everyday interaction has to be understood as a social construct. Co-participants in an interaction make use of the spatial affordances of the interactional architecture around them, and at the same time they interactionally create and maintain spatial configurations. In that sense, they can be argued to be “doing space”. Concerning face-to-face interaction, we distinguish between heavily structured material settings that are custom-built for specific types of institutionalized interactions, such as lecture theatres, assembly halls or service encounters; moderately structured settings, such as restaurants, staff rooms or museums; and weakly structured settings, such as public town squares or other settings which provide only minimal assumptions about the interactions that may take place there and their spatial configurations. We extend this analysis to different forms of interaction on interactive multimodal platforms (IMP), where the complexities increase with the different spatial levels of the physical computer screen, the many different spatial levels depicted there, and the increasing difficulties for the interactants to navigate and negotiate the different levels of doing space.

Abstract

In this article, we argue that the spatial environment of everyday interaction has to be understood as a social construct. Co-participants in an interaction make use of the spatial affordances of the interactional architecture around them, and at the same time they interactionally create and maintain spatial configurations. In that sense, they can be argued to be “doing space”. Concerning face-to-face interaction, we distinguish between heavily structured material settings that are custom-built for specific types of institutionalized interactions, such as lecture theatres, assembly halls or service encounters; moderately structured settings, such as restaurants, staff rooms or museums; and weakly structured settings, such as public town squares or other settings which provide only minimal assumptions about the interactions that may take place there and their spatial configurations. We extend this analysis to different forms of interaction on interactive multimodal platforms (IMP), where the complexities increase with the different spatial levels of the physical computer screen, the many different spatial levels depicted there, and the increasing difficulties for the interactants to navigate and negotiate the different levels of doing space.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of German Studies
06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
06 Faculty of Arts > Center for Linguistics
08 Research Priority Programs > Language and Space
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Uncontrolled Keywords:Linguistics and Language, Artificial Intelligence, Language and Linguistics
Language:English
Date:2018
Deposited On:17 Jul 2018 06:58
Last Modified:19 Aug 2018 16:09
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0378-2166
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2018.07.001
Related URLs:https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/journal-of-pragmatics (Publisher)

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