Publication details [#60010]

Majlesi, Ali Reza. 2015. Matching gestures – Teachers’ repetitions of students’ gestures in second language learning classrooms. Journal of Pragmatics 76 : 30–45.
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Article in journal
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Language as a subject
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This study addresses teachers’ responsive matching gestures in Swedish as a second language classrooms. First, they are employed as devices tying teachers’ actions to students’ prior actions, and are resources for interactive co-engagement display, thus preserving and supporting intersubjectivity. Second, they are employed in second language acquisition situations for presenting learnables via the underlining of an alternative way of relating and displaying something in that language.