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This chapter examines how a multi-modal corpus analysis can be employed to facilitate the exploration of pragmatic categories in discourse. Using as an example the category of active listenership in conversation, it focuses on the way in which descriptions of pragmatic functions have to be reconsidered in the light of accompanying gestures. The gestures that are examined are movements of the head that occur when the hearer signals active listenership. Drawing on a multi-modal corpus of an academic supervision session, different existing categorisations of backchannels will be discussed in terms of their validity and applicability to multi-modal data. The paper ends with a brief exploration of the place of multi-modal corpora in pragmatics research.
Author(s): Knight D, Adolphs S
Editor(s): Romeo-Trillo, J.
Series Editor(s): Kecskes, I.
Publication type: Book Chapter
Publication status: Published
Book Title: Pragmatics and Corpus Linguistics: A Mutualistic Entente
Series Title: Mouton Series in Pragmatics
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter
Place Published: Berlin and New York
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