The Embodied Work of Repairing-for-Teasing in Everyday L2 Talk

Niina Lilja, Søren Wind Eskildsen

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This paper focuses on participants’ embodied conduct in the service of action ascription in teasing environments. The teasing activity is sequentially organized as an other-initiated repair sequence in which the other-initiations of repair (OIRs) are used as vehicles for carrying out the teasing actions (see also Schegloff, 1997, 2007; Rossi, 2018). The analysis shows that the double-barreled OIRs are designed as multimodal action packages in which the verbal part is delivered in a serious manner and combined with embodied conduct that typically characterizes repair environments, such as head turns and tilts, forward-leaning, and gestural holds, but produced in exaggerated or pretended manner. The embodied exaggeration and performed character are the key elements contributing to action ascription in teasing environments.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages27
JournalSocial Interaction: Video-Based Studies of Human Sociality
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2022
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • teasing, second language, embodiment, other-initiated repair, action ascription

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