Multimodal Word-Search Trajectories in L2 Interaction

The Use of Gesture and how it Changes over Time




word searches, gestures, social interaction, L2 French, development


This paper investigates the temporal dynamics of bodily and vocal conduct in the course of L2 word searches. Based on a longitudinal dataset of L2 French conversations, we first identify a recurrent multimodal search-trajectory involving specific simultaneous and successive assemblies of hand movements/holds with gaze, and (para)verbal displays of ongoing search. We interpret these Gestalt-like trajectories as part of methodic practices through which speakers both account for breaks in progressivity and display their search as “solitary”, preempting recipient’s entry into the turn-in-progress. We then put our findings into a longitudinal perspective, showing how features of these assemblies change over time in the developmental trajectories of L2 speakers.


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How to Cite

Skogmyr Marian, K., & Pekarek Doehler, S. (2022). Multimodal Word-Search Trajectories in L2 Interaction: The Use of Gesture and how it Changes over Time. Social Interaction. Video-Based Studies of Human Sociality, 5(1).