Department of Linguistics

Graduated with MA

My doctoral dissertation research focus is on how people use language, gestures, and the body to construct and organize interactional multi-party conflict in German political broadcast talk from a conversation analytic perspective. I analyze and contrast how interactional conflict is instigated and elaborated on the one hand and mitigated and suppressed on the other in a political talk show that features different interviewing styles with different types of guests in different types of interactional space. Here, the two different interactional spaces, which are constructed by participants’ practices including epistemic stance, body alignment, and facial expression, occasion conflict talk in different ways.