Grammar and Interaction

Working as a linguist on social interaction, I am interested in the way in which grammatical resources are both locally exploited for the practical purposes of the sequential organization of talk in interaction and locally transformed and constituted through their very use in actual social practices. Social interaction as the « natural habitat » for grammar has consequences not only for how grammar is used but also for how it is changing.

This approach to linguistic resources, developed within interactional linguistics inspired by conversation analysis, develops analyses of the way in which turns at talk are progressively formatted, moment by moment, elaborated by participants in an incremental way sensitive to the contingencies of the interaction and, above all, reflexively adjusted to the conduct of co-participants. Moreover, taking into account the fact that participants exploit both linguistic resources and multimodal resources, I am interested in developing an embodied, situated, temporally and sequentially organized conception of talk.