Kobin Kendrick
Lecturer

Profile

Biography

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.  

Career

  • 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

  • Library liaison 

Research

Overview

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.

Projects

  • The recruitment of assistance in interaction
  • Gaze direction in conversation  
  • Turn-taking across species 

Research group(s)

  • Centre for Advanced Studies in Language and Communication

Collaborators

  • 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.

External activities

Memberships

  • International Society for Conversation Analysis 

Invited talks and conferences

  • 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.
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Contact details

Kobin Kendrick
Lecturer
Department of Language and Linguistic Science
Vanbrugh College C Block
Room: V/C/204

Tel: (0)1904 322679

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