Florence Oloff

Florence Oloff


Assistant Professor
Multimodal Interaction and Discourse


I am an Assistant Professor in Multimodal Interaction and Discourse (part of the profiling area “Ubiquitous wireless sensor systems” of the University of Oulu). 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 developing a research project on the use of mobile devices (e.g. smartphones) in face-to-face interaction.

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
  • Multilingual encounters

Research funding

Selected publications


Social media

Professional and community activities

  • Member of the advisory board of the German Association for Applied Linguistics (GAL e.V.), section leader (with O. Ehmer, Freiburg) "Language and Social Interaction", https://gal-ev.de/sektionen/gespraechsforschung/
  • Member of the DFG network "Interactional Linguistics", https://interactional-linguistics.org
  • Member of the international research group "Laboratoire sans domicile", https://disco.hypotheses.org

Research groups

  • COACT (Complexity of (inter)action and multimodal participation)

Thesis supervisions

Doctoral thesis (ongoing)