Tiina Eilittä

Tiina Eilittä


Doctoral Researcher
English Philology


I am a doctoral researcher in the research project iTask: Linguistic and embodied features of interactional multitasking, funded by the Eudaimonia Institute. In my thesis, I use conversation analysis to study interaction between adults and children in busy everyday situations where multiple activities take place simultaneously. I am interested in examining the interactional practices that adults use when coordinating and organising multiple activities when children seek the adults' attention. My research data consist of video recordings of interaction in families and early childhood education, collected in Finland and the UK.

Research interests

  • Conversation Analysis
  • Interactional Linguistics
  • Interaction and multitasking
  • Adult-child interaction

Conference presentations and posters

Eilittä, T. (2019). Multiactivity and attention-drawing in adult-child interaction: verbal and embodied coordination of multiple activities when children summon adults. Conference presentation at IIEMCA 2019, 2-5 July 2019. Mannheim University, Germany.

Eilittä, T., Haddington, P., & Vatanen, A. (2019). Family interactions in cars: The organisation of multiple activities and participation frameworks when children seek the driver's attention. Conference presentation at COACT Conference, 24-26 April 2019. University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland.

Eilittä, T. (2019). Monitoiminta ja huomion hakeminen lasten ja aikuisten välisessä vuorovaikutuksessa. Conference presentation at Keskusteluntutkimuksen päivät, 24-25 January 2019. University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland.

Eilittä, T. (2018). Multiactivity and attention-seeking in adult-child interaction. Conference presentation at NorDisCo 2018, 21-23 November 2018. Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark.

Eilittä, T. (2018). Participants' responses to attention-drawing devices in multiactivity situations. Poster presentation at International Conference of Conversation Analysis, 11-15 July 2018. Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK.

Eilittä, T. (2018). Responses to attention-drawing devices in multiactivity situations. Seminar presentation at COACT Research Day, 16 March 2018. University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland.


Eilittä, T. (accepted). Embodied Activities in Face-to-face and Mediated Settings: The Social Encounters in Time and Space. Elisabeth Reber, Cornelia Gerhardt (Eds.), Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, 2019, 459 pp. ISBN 978-3-319-97324-1 (Hardcover), ISBN 978-3-319-97325-8 (eBook), EUR 142, 99 (Hardcover), EUR 107,09 (eBook). Journal of Pragmatics. (Book review)

Eilittä, T. (2018). Responses to attention-drawing devices in multiactivity situations. (Master's Thesis, University of Oulu).


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Professional and community activities

  • 'Multimodality in (Inter)action' Langnet theme group leader (2019- )
  • Alternate doctoral researcher representative on the board of Langnet (2020-2023)

Research groups

  • Doctoral Researcher, iTask: Linguistic and embodied features of interactional multitasking
  • COACT (Complexity of (inter)action and multimodal participation)