Coordinating action in technology-supported shared tasks : Virtual pointing as a situated practice for mobilizing a response
Olbertz-Siitonen, M., & Piirainen-Marsh, A. (2021). Coordinating action in technology-supported shared tasks : Virtual pointing as a situated practice for mobilizing a response. Language and Communication, 79, 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.langcom.2021.03.005
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Drawing on recordings of remote screen-based work meetings in Finland, this conversation analytic study investigates interactive properties of mouse cursor movements in technology-mediated shared tasks. The article illustrates how participants rely on features afforded by the input device in ways that divert from its pre-designed functions to accomplish virtual pointing gestures. These gestures serve as an organizational resource in the precursory phase of action, i.e. when a next on-screen action is observably made relevant. In this sequential environment, pointing by means of the tool is a collaborative resource: an embodied practice for sustaining co-orientation and advancing the sequential progression of the activity. Pointing that co-occurs with first actions such as questions works towards mobilizing a response by projecting relevant nexts and displays the chair's orientation to the respective rights and obligations of the participants.
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Additional information about fundingThis work was supported by the Finnish Work Environment Fund [project no. 115050]; and the Academy of Finland [project no. 138186].
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