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Nishizaka, Aug. 2011. Touch without vision: Referential practice in a non-technological environment. Journal of Pragmatics 43 (2) : 504–550.
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This paper focuses on the organization of touch, and, especially, on ways in which reference to a body part is achieved when the body part is only tactilely approachable to participants. Via a detailed analysis of segments from a pelvic examination, performed by a Japanese independent midwife, this study explains practices that these participants use to handle the limitation on the accessibility of what they refer to in their interaction.