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Antti Kamunen (2019) How to Disengage: Suspension, Body Torque, and Repair, Research on Language and Social Interaction, 52:4, 406-426, DOI: 10.1080/08351813.2019.1657287

How to disengage : suspension, body torque, and repair

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Author: Kamunen, Antti1
Organizations: 1Faculty of Humanities, Research Unit of Languages and Literature / English Philology, University of Oulu, PL 1000, FIN-90014 University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2019
Publish Date: 2021-03-30


This article uses conversation analysis to study other-initiated repair in multiactivity situations. The article focuses on two aspects of the repair initiator’s embodied conduct directly connected to the initiator’s involvement in multiactivity: body torque and the suspension of a parallel manual activity. The analysis reveals how the body torque and suspension of manual activity, when co-occurring with other-initiations of repair, display the OIR-speaker’s temporary disengagement from the manual activity and how this embodied conduct communicates downward prioritization of the manual activity and increased involvement in the interaction. This article shows that, to participants in a conversation and simultaneously involved in multiactivity, solving interactional trouble is prioritized over the progression of the parallel manual task and that this hierarchization of activities displays a strong preference toward restoration and maintenance of intersubjectivity. Data are in English and in French with English translation.

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Series: Research on language and social interaction
ISSN: 0835-1813
ISSN-E: 1532-7973
ISSN-L: 0835-1813
Volume: 52
Issue: 4
Pages: 406 - 426
DOI: 10.1080/08351813.2019.1657287
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 6121 Languages
Funding: This research was funded by the Academy of Finland as part of the author’s doctoral dissertation in the research project iTask: Linguistics and Embodied Features of Interactional Multitasking (project number 287219).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 287219
Detailed Information: 287219 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2019 Informa UK Limited. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Research on language and social interaction on 30 Sep 2019, available online: