Chapter published in:Bonding through Context: Language and interactional alignment in Japanese situated discourse
Edited by Risako Ide and Kaori Hata
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 314] 2020
► pp. 147–172
The establishment of co-presence in webcam-mediated interactions
In this chapter, I discuss how the sense of familial bonding emerges in webcam-mediated interactions between Japanese families in Japan and the United States. I argue that a close relationship between participants who rarely meet in person is an interactional achievement. My analytical foci are twofold. First, I analyze how participants repeat each other’s utterances and bodily movements such as hand gestures and facial expressions. Through what I call ‘mediated repetitions’, participants share understanding and encourage the virtual participants’ involvement in locally unfolding interaction frames. Second, I investigate how the organization of talk becomes relevant as participants maneuver webcams. I argue that the interactional efforts of coordinating repetitions and converting webcam capabilities into new interactional modalities contribute to the creation of a sense of bonding across geographical boundaries.
Keywords: webcam-mediated interaction, family interactions, involvement, mediated repetition, modality
Published online: 03 December 2020
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