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On the Role of Gaze in the Organization of Turn-Taking and Sequence Organization in Interpreter-Mediated Dialogue

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This paper contributes to the growing line of research that takes a multimodal approach in the study of interpreter-mediated dialogues. Drawing on insights from Conversation Analysis and multimodal analysis, we investigate how extended multi-unit turns unfold with interventions of an interpreter and, more specifically, what is the role of gaze in this process. The analysis is based on videos of interpreter-mediated dialogues (Dutch-Russian) recorded with mobile eye-tracking glasses. Responding to recent discussions on the organization of gaze in social interaction, we argue that the interpreter’s gaze direction contributes both to the local management of turn-taking (next-speaker selection) and to sequence organization. Moreover, we show how interpreter’s gaze orientation bears on the negotiation of possible transition relevance places and how it contributes to the smooth continuation of the projected extended multi-unit turn. Thus, interpreters in face-to-face interactions are necessarily involved in the process of turn allocation and sequence organization and this is made evident through their gaze conduct.
Tijdschrift: Language and Dialogue
ISSN: 2210-4119
Issue: 3
Volume: 8
Pagina's: 439 - 467
Aantal pagina's: 28
Jaar van publicatie:2018