From trouble in the talk to new resources

The interplay of bodily and linguistic resources in the talk of a speaker of English as a second language

Søren Wind Eskildsen*, Johannes Wagner

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This chapter explores how a family of related expressions emerge from repairs and are refined over time by a novice speaker of L2 English. We trace longitudinally a connection between a complex of deictic (pointing) and dynamic (hand movements) gestures and a small family of specific, related linguistic resources centred on the verbs “ask”, “tell”, and “say”. The data reveal that the L2 speaker packages these linguistic resources with particular gestures and re-uses these gesture-word packages in subsequent conversations. We will show in detail how the gesture-talk combination is used to display understanding and achieve intersubjectivity and how it changes over time as the gesture is subsumed by the emergent verbal language and becomes a communicative resource in its own right when circumstance demands it.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLongitudinal Studies on the Organization of Social Interaction
EditorsSimona Pekarek Doehler, Johannes Wagner, Esther González-Martínez
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date2018
Pages143-171
Chapter5
ISBN (Print)9781137570062
ISBN (Electronic)9781137570079
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Eskildsen, S. W., & Wagner, J. (2018). From trouble in the talk to new resources: The interplay of bodily and linguistic resources in the talk of a speaker of English as a second language. In S. P. Doehler, J. Wagner, & E. González-Martínez (Eds.), Longitudinal Studies on the Organization of Social Interaction (pp. 143-171). London: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-57007-9_5
Eskildsen, Søren Wind ; Wagner, Johannes. / From trouble in the talk to new resources : The interplay of bodily and linguistic resources in the talk of a speaker of English as a second language. Longitudinal Studies on the Organization of Social Interaction. editor / Simona Pekarek Doehler ; Johannes Wagner ; Esther González-Martínez. London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. pp. 143-171
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Eskildsen, SW & Wagner, J 2018, From trouble in the talk to new resources: The interplay of bodily and linguistic resources in the talk of a speaker of English as a second language. in SP Doehler, J Wagner & E González-Martínez (eds), Longitudinal Studies on the Organization of Social Interaction. Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 143-171. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-57007-9_5

From trouble in the talk to new resources : The interplay of bodily and linguistic resources in the talk of a speaker of English as a second language. / Eskildsen, Søren Wind; Wagner, Johannes.

Longitudinal Studies on the Organization of Social Interaction. ed. / Simona Pekarek Doehler; Johannes Wagner; Esther González-Martínez. London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. p. 143-171.

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Eskildsen SW, Wagner J. From trouble in the talk to new resources: The interplay of bodily and linguistic resources in the talk of a speaker of English as a second language. In Doehler SP, Wagner J, González-Martínez E, editors, Longitudinal Studies on the Organization of Social Interaction. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 2018. p. 143-171 https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-57007-9_5