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Kobin Kendrick is a conversation analyst who studies language use and embodied action in face-to-face social interaction. He earned his PhD in Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2010 and was a staff scientist in the Language and Cognition Department at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands until 2016 when he moved to the U.K. to become a Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of York.
My research examines language and body behavior as resources for action in social interaction. Using conversation analysis (CA), I examine video recordings of participants engaged in everyday activities in order to investigate the basic mechanics of social interaction (e.g., turn-taking, repair, sequence organization, preference), taking a multimodal approach that focuses not only on language but also on the embodied actions of the participants.
I would be happy to supervise research projects that use conversation analysis to examine social actions (e.g., offers, requests), basic interactional organizations (e.g., turn-taking, sequence organization, repair, preference), and embodied actions (e.g., gaze direction), both in English and Mandarin Chinese as well as other languages. I do not work with politeness theory or speech act theory and cannot supervise research projects that use these frameworks.