Pentti Haddington

Researching talk and interaction: What do people do and how do they do it?

Professor Pentti Haddington

Pentti Haddington


English language and interaction


I am Professor of English and Adjunct Professor (Docent) in Multimodal interaction analysis (University of Jyväskylä). My research is based on video-based methods that are used for studying everyday talk and interaction. I lead international and funded research projects, for example the project Generation Z and Beyond (2018-2022), which is one of the University of Oulu's profiling projects funded by the Academy of Finland. I'm also leading the project iTask, Linguistic and embodied features of interactional multitasking (2015-2022, Academy of Finland and the Eudaimonia Institute), which investigates how people talk and interact as part of their busy everyday lives. I have spent research periods at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of Helsinki (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies). I am Head of English philology and Director of Eudaimonia Institute. I am also a principal investigator in the COACT research community.

Research interests

  • talk-in-interaction
  • multimodal interaction, gesture and embodiment
  • conversation analysis, interaction analysis, interactional linguistics, discourse-functional linguistics, gesture studies
  • video-based research methods
  • talk and interaction in multinational crisis management training
  • interaction and multitasking
  • interaction in virtual reality and distributed settings

Professional and community activities


Research groups

  • Project leader, Generation Z and beyond: Co-evolution of human capabilities and intelligent technologies in the 21st century (GenZ)
  • Project leader, iTask: Linguistic and embodied features of interactional multitasking
  • Principal Investigator, COACT (Complexity of (inter)action and multimodal participation)

Selected publications

  • Haddington, Pentti (2018) Leave-taking as multiactivity : coordinating conversational closings with driving in cars. - Language & communication In press, - . [Original]
  • Rauniomaa, Mirka; Haddington, Pentti; Melander, Helen; Gazin, Anne-Danièle; Broth, Mathias; Cromdal, Jakob; Levin, Lena; McIlvenny, Paul (2018) Parsing tasks for the mobile novice in real time : orientation to the learner's actions and to spatial and temporal constraints in instructing-on-the-move. - Journal of pragmatics 128, 30–52 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Levin, Lena; Cromdal, Jakob; Broth, Mathias; Gazin, Anne-Daniele; Haddingtone, Pentti; McIlvenny, Paul; Melander, Helen; Rauniomaa, Mirka (2017) Unpacking corrections in mobile instruction: Error-occasioned learning opportunities in driving, cycling and aviation training. - Linguistics and education 38, 11-23 . [Original]
  • Haddington, Pentti; Keisanen, Tiina; Mondada, Lorenza; Neville, Maurice (2014) Multiactivity in social interaction : beyond multitasking. Amsterdam. 296
  • Nevile, Maurice; Haddington, Pentti; Heinemann, Trine; Rauniomaa, Mirka (2014) Interacting with objects : language, materiality, and social activity. Amsterdam. 393
  • Haddington Pentti; Rauniomaa Mirka (2011) Technologies, multitasking, and driving : Attending to and preparing for a mobile phone conversation in a car. - Human Communication Research 37 (2), 223-254 . [Original]
  • Haddington, Pentti; Mondada, Lorenza; Nevile, Maurice (2013) Interaction and mobility: Language and the body in motion. - Linguae & litterae 20. Berlin. [Original]
  • Haddington Pentti, Keisanen Tiina (2009) Location, mobility and the body as resources in selecting a route. - Journal of pragmatics 41 (10), 1938-1961
  • Haddington, Pentti (2010) Turn-taking for turntaking: Mobility, time and action in the sequential organization of junction-negotiations in cars. - Research on language and social interaction 43 (4), 372–400