Florence Oloff

Affiliated Researcher
Multimodal Interaction and Discourse

Languages and Literature
Faculty of Humanities

Florence Oloff

I am an affiliated researcher at the Research Unit of Languages and Literature, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oulu, and a senior researcher at the Institute for the German Language ("Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache") in Mannheim, Germany.

Drawing on multimodal conversation analysis and interactional linguistics, I am interested in the study of language and social interaction in mundane as well as professional settings in various languages. Among other things, I have been working on embodied practices related to turn-taking, simultaneous talk and joint utterance formulation, multilingual practices in professional settings, and object use and space in social interaction.

I am currently leading two research projects on the use of mobile devices (e.g. smartphones) in face-to-face interaction: Smart Communication (Academy of Finland, 2019-2023, University of Oulu) and DigiLife (Leibniz Association, Leibniz Programme for Women Professors, 2022-2026, IDS Mannheim).

Research interests

  • Conversation analysis
  • Interactional linguistics
  • Video data and multimodal analysis
  • Fundamental social practices (e.g. turn-taking, simultaneous talk, response tokens, embodied responses)
  • Spoken Czech, French, German
  • Cross-linguistic comparison
  • Technology use in face-to-face interaction

Researcher information

Contact information



Phone number

+358 (0)50 413 5347

Visiting address

Linnanmaa, Snellmania
Room HUM313
Yliopistokatu 9
FI-90570 Oulu

Postal address

Research Unit of Languages and Literature
Faculty of Humanities
P.O. Box 1000
FI-90014 University of Oulu