Publication details [#1108]

Kataoka, Kuniyoshi. 2013. “We just don’t get it right! – Multimodal competence for resolving spatial conflict in wayfinding discourse. Language & Communication 33 : 404–419. 16 pp.
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Article in journal
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Amsterdam: Elsevier


This paper is concerned with spatial expressions, both verbal and gestural, as evidenced in wayfinding discourse in Japanese. It is argued that when engaged in route instruction people often merge actual and virtual spaces in order to achieve successful communication. Specifically, spatial frames of reference and gestures seem to be merged in intersubjective terms, thus calling for revisiting the notion of communicative competence in terms of a practice-based and collaboration-oriented form of competent communication.