Chapter published in:Intersubjectivity in Action: Studies in language and social interaction
Edited by Jan Lindström, Ritva Laury, Anssi Peräkylä and Marja-Leena Sorjonen
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 326] 2021
► pp. 279–302
Achieving the intersubjectivity of sensorial practices
Body, language, and the senses in tasting activities
Intersubjectivity is a crucial issue not only for how participants in social interaction communicate and coordinate shared projects, but also for how they engage in sensing the material world around them while they are jointly acting in that world. This paper offers an ethnomethodological and conversation analytic study of sensoriality that provides for a multimodal interactional analysis of sensory practices. On the basis of a video-recorded beer tasting session, I show how, far from being limited to individual and neuro-physiological processes, situated activities of sensing are a collective accomplishment here and now, emerging within joint activities of searching, finding, and sharing relevant features of taste, building agreements, and overcoming divergent views.
Keywords: conversation analysis, ethnomethodology, multimodality, social interaction, sensoriality, body, language, sensing, tasting, intersubjectivity
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