iTask – Linguistic and embodied features of interactional multitasking

Faculty of Humanities

iTask – Linguistic and embodied features of interactional multitasking, which is part of the COACT (Complexity of [inter]action and multimodal participation) research community. The aim of iTask is to bring multitasking into a different realm, i.e. to face-to-face interactions: what happens between people rather than in their heads; what happens in interaction rather than in individual action. We explore the social and interactional side of multitasking, i.e. how people manage situations of co-presence where several simultaneous courses of action may be relevant. We call this multiactivity.

Research topics:

Our topics and research questions are:

  1. What social actions and activities are used for interactional multitasking? How are these actions designed in interaction?
  2. What linguistic (morphological, lexical, phrasal, syntactic or prosodic) formats or constructions are deployed for executing social actions that achieve interactional multitasking? How are they used to coordinate interactional multitasking?
  3. How do social participants use their body, gaze and gestures for interactional multitasking? For example, how do they use these multimodal resources for communicating their involvement in or coordinating their actions between separate activities?

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Last updated: 11.4.2018