Smiling together, laughing together

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Recent conversation-analytic research has examined the projective aspects of multimodal interaction within and between turn-sequences (Streeck 2009a) as well as affectivity or emotive involvement in conversational storytelling (Selting 2010). Taking a perspective on face-to-face interaction as sequentially organized, multimodal, and embedded in various semiotic systems, this study examines how the projection of particular affective stances emerges in naturally-­occurring interactional storytelling. Through close analysis of video-­recorded data of a conversation between an American man and a Japanese woman, the chapter aims to shed light on this relatively underexplored area of talk between L1 and L2 speakers by elucidating the “crescendo” or build-up of projective linguistic and paralinguistic resources used in the co-construction of intersubjectivity and “humorous” affect within the activity of storytelling.


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