Facilitatorens gestik

En konversationsanalytisk undersøgelse af kropssproglige ressourcer til mindskelse af overlap og gaps i radioproduktioner


  • Jack Brosø Frederiksen University of Copenhagen


Interaction, CA, Gesticulation, Gaze, Embodied language, Overlap, Gaps


This paper examines how the facilitator in the context of radio and podcast productions makes use of the potential communicative resources of embodied language in reducing overlaps and gaps between speakers in interactions. The study is based upon a production of F.C. Københavns Fanradio and it proposes that especially Kendon’s open hand supine (OHS) gesticulations and Streeck’s mid-turn offerings (MTO) are used by the facilitator in an explicitly embodied selection of a next speaker and thereby preventing incidences of unwanted gaps between speakers. Additionally, this study shows how the facilitator engages nonverbally in the interaction during other participants’ turns by producing what I have chosen to call embodied comments. These embodied comments consist of one or more gestures that have a collective semantical meaning that can be understood as interactionally meaningful by other participants. The study proposes that these nonverbal engagements are expressions of co-construction and participate in the reduction of occurrences of overlaps in interactions.


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How to Cite

Frederiksen, J. B. (2020). Facilitatorens gestik: En konversationsanalytisk undersøgelse af kropssproglige ressourcer til mindskelse af overlap og gaps i radioproduktioner. Journal of Language Works - Sprogvidenskabeligt Studentertidsskrift, 5(2), 36–55. Retrieved from https://tidsskrift.dk/lwo/article/view/123465