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Kobin Kendrick
Senior Lecturer



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.  


  • Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
    Research Coordinator (2011-2016)
    Staff Scientist (2010-2011)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
    PhD in Linguistics (2010)
    MA in Linguistics (2006)

Departmental roles

  • Chair of Board of Studies



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.


  • The recruitment of assistance in interaction
  • Gaze direction in conversation  
  • Addressee pointing in conflictual environments
  • Turn-taking in embodied interaction

Research group(s)

  • Centre for Advanced Studies in Language and Communication


  • Paul Drew (Loughborough University)
  • Judith Holler (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)

Available PhD research projects

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.



  • The Language of Turn and Sequence
  • Structure of English

External activities


  • International Society for Conversation Analysis 

Invited talks and conferences

  • Invited speaker. On the multimodal nature of turn-taking: the interplay of talk, gaze and gesture in the coordination of turn transitions. Face2face: advancing the science of social interaction. The Royal Society Discussion Meeting. April 5, 2022.
  • Invited speaker. The multimodal organization of assistance in interaction. Prof. Lorenza Mondada’s research group, University of Basel. April 25, 2019.
  • Plenary speaker. 11th Annual Conversation Analysis Day Meeting. Loughborough University, UK. December 18, 2017.
  • Plenary speaker (with Paul Drew). Intersubjectivity in Action Conference. University of Helsinki, Finland. May 13, 2017.
  • Plenary speaker. From offers and requests to recruitment: The organization of assistance in interaction. 43th Finnish Conference of Linguistics, Oulu, Finland. May 25-27, 2016.
  • Invited lecture. Sequence organization: A universal infrastructure for action. Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex. Essex, UK.February 25, 2016.
  • Invited lecture. Final particles and action formation in Mandarin Chinese. Department of Social Sciences Seminar Series. Loughborough University, UK. March 9, 2011.

Contact details

Kobin Kendrick
Senior Lecturer
Department of Language and Linguistic Science
Vanbrugh College C Block
Room: V/C/101C

Tel: (0)1904 322679