Co-animation and association in English Interaction: jointly ‘doing being’ others to interactionally define joint selves - A Presentation by Dr. Marina N. Cantarutti

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Dates 2020/10/22 - 2020/10/22
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Co-animation and association in English Interaction: jointly ‘doing being’ others to interactionally define joint selves - A Presentation by Dr. Marina N. Cantarutti:


Date: 22nd October 2020 Time: 2.30pm-4.00pm (BST;UK time) Place: Zoom. To receive joining instructions, please email Merran Toerien:

Abstract This presentation will review the findings (and many remaining questions) of my doctoral research on the interactional practice I have called co-animation, i.e. the joint voicing, or (re-)enactment of the same figure in adjacent sequential positions (cfr. Niemelä 2011; Guardiola & Bertrand, 2013; Mathis & Yule, 1994). I have found that during the development of particular social activities - namely, troubles-tellings and indirect complaint stories on the one hand, and teasing and mockery episodes on the other- a participant’s first animation is often completed or continued in responsive position by the co-participant. Drawing on the theoretical and methodological insights of Conversation Analysis (Sacks, Schegloff, and Jefferson, 1974) and multimodal approaches to Interactional Linguistics (Couper-Kuhlen & Selting, 2001), I will discuss my description of the multimodal and sequential organisation of co-animation based on 89 cases identified in 10 hours of video-recordings of naturalistic English interaction between friends, relatives, and co-workers. I will focus on the defining characteristics of the practice, as well as on some of the relational consequences of the situated deployment of the practice, specifically the display of association (Lerner, 1993).

During the presentation I will address two aspects of co-animation: a) How co-participants multimodally design their responsive turns in a way that they are seen and heard as coherent with prior animations, and at the same time, as fitted affiliative responses that collaboratively further an ongoing course of action, making it a joint endeavour. b) How participants deploy (co-)animation at particular points in the development of specific social activities to deal with (emerging) moral matters, thus interactionally defining what constitutes a shared stance, values, and identity, and teaming up against absent but invoked transgressive behaviours or parties.

Marina Noelia Cantarutti is an interactional linguist currently working as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics at the Open University. She has recently completed her PhD in Language and Communication at the University of York, UK. She holds over a decade of experience in EFL teacher training and lecturing in Practical Phonetics and Discourse Analysis in various Higher Education institutions in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is particularly interested in the study of phonetics and gesture as resources deployed and oriented to by participants in everyday talk-in-interaction, especially in collaborative practices, and for the creation of collective identities.