Walking with Gail

The local achievement of interactional rhythm and synchrony through footwork.


  • Darren Reed University of York
  • Jessica Young Flinders University of South Australia
  • Robin Wooffitt University of York




Conversation analysis, embodied interaction, walking, dance


By analysing the movements through space of a famous conversation analyst delivering a well-known lecture, this paper reveals the creative construction of space within the social and physical constraints of the lecture hall, and in so doing contributes to the embodied analysis of humans in material environments. While founded in a multimodal or embodied conversation analysis, it uses terminology and insights from dance to help ‘see’ and analyse the movements as ‘footwork’ and ‘figures’.


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How to Cite

Reed, D., Young, J., & Wooffitt, R. (2024). Walking with Gail: The local achievement of interactional rhythm and synchrony through footwork. Social Interaction. Video-Based Studies of Human Sociality, 7(1). https://doi.org/10.7146/si.v7i1.134103