Chapter published in:Eye-tracking in Interaction: Studies on the role of eye gaze in dialogue
Edited by Geert Brône and Bert Oben
[Advances in Interaction Studies 10] 2018
► pp. 303–324
Displaying recipiency in an interpreter-mediated dialogue
An eye-tracking study
This chapter discusses the findings of a study that used mobile eye-tracking in the context of a naturally occurring interpreter-mediated dialogue. This type of interaction is particularly interesting for the study of gaze and other (non-) verbal resources, as the primary interlocutors have no or limited access to each other’s languages and have to rely on the interpreter and other modalities for the successful accomplishment of the social interaction. The aim of the study was to examine the role of gaze in the multimodal displays of recipiency (backchannel responses) in one interpreter-mediated therapeutic encounter. Our study reveals asymmetrical gaze patterns of the three participants while listening to the ongoing talk. The analysis also shows that backchannel responses are found on different levels of communication and between all participants in an interpreter-mediated conversation. Moreover, this contribution demonstrates how eye-tracking technology can help us reveal specific micro-events between the participants in the conversation, which can strengthen our understanding of the interpreter-mediated talk as a joint action.
Keywords: eye gaze in interaction, multimodality, backchannel responses, mobile eye-tracking, interpreter-mediated dialogue, psychotherapy
Published online: 13 November 2018
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