|Title||Dialogic embodied action: using gesture to organize sequence and participation in instructional interaction|
|Tag(s)||EMCA, Gesture, Instructions|
|Journal||Research on Language and Social Interaction|
Interactional analysts have long argued for the importance of tying techniques, which function to connect the current speaker's utterance to the actions of a previous speaker, in the organization of turns at talk (M. H. Goodwin, 1990; Sacks, 1992c). The organization of embodied actions through such dialogic tying, however, has received far less attention, a gap addressed by this article in its examination of one nonverbal tying technique: dialogic embodied action. In this phenomenon, coparticipants purposefully take up and selectively reproduce particular features of one another's gestures and instrumental actions. Drawing on data from instructional interactions at a bicycle-repair shop, the analysis demonstrates that focusing on the selectivity of such reproductions elucidates two functions of these dialogic actions: (a) to organize intersubjective engagement, facilitating coparticipants' enactment of aligned participant roles and (b) to structure sequential organization through actions that are visibly constituted as prior to other actions.