Edited by Jürgen Streeck
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 196] 2010
► pp. 257–272
Inside the moment of speaking
As I see it, all communication begins in, and continues with, our living, spontaneous, expressive-responsive (gestural), bodily activities that occur in the meetings between ourselves and the others and othenesses around us. Indeed, as living, embodied beings, we cannot not be responsive in some fashion to the expressions of others (spoken, written, or otherwise), and to other kinds of events, occurring in our immediate surroundings. In this article I outline methods for exploring the unfolding dynamics of our utterances in their speaking and how they can give rise to a ‘shaped’ and ‘vectored’ sense of our moment-by-moment changing placement within the situation of our talk – engendering in us both unique anticipations as to what-next might happen along with, so to speak, ‘action-guiding advisories’ as to what-next we might do.