Toggle Main Menu Toggle Search

Open Access padlockePrints

Interactional Competence as Embodied Action

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Spencer Hazel


Full text for this publication is not currently held within this repository. Alternative links are provided below where available.


An obvious point of departure for the study of dynamically multilingual and intercultural settings may presentitself in language use and the linguistic resources drawn on by participants. However, it may be unwise to do soif this is at the expense of other types of resource, especially when participants themselves so obviously appearto consider them relevant for fashioning action. We find participants in co-present interaction drawing onmaterials from a range of semiotically diverse fields to co-construct social actions within the larger actionsequences that make up their activities, and this may be especially relevant in configurations whereparticipants are working in additional languages.Applied Linguistics research may typically foreground language use in its explorations of interactionalcompetence, but in the visual, kinesic, haptic, olfactory and aural worlds that are at the heart of the field’sinvestigations, interlocutors forage around for whatever resources are at hand in order to appropriatematerials to construct meaningful action with their co-participant. The social worlds of people are conductedthrough embodied practices, constituted through speech for sure, gesture too, but also through the manyother ways in which people coordinate their bodies in the spaces they inhabit.This talk suggests a broader, more holistic understanding of L2 interactional competence could be gained frompaying attention to the combination of situated resources that members work up in their interactions, ratherthan focusing on a single modality such as speech or gesture.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Hazel S

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Interactional Competences and Practices in a Second Language (ICOP-L2)

Year of Conference: 2017

Online publication date: 18/01/2017

Acceptance date: 28/07/2016