The Conversation Analysis and Interactional Linguistics research group investigates language use in naturally occurring social interaction across diverse languages such as English, Finnish, Mandarin, Persian and settings such as mundane conversation, medical and healthcare interactions.

We adopt a multimodal approach to language that encompasses not only linguistic structure e.g. phonetics, lexis, morphosyntax but also the raft of embodied actions that naturally occur with language production e.g. manual gesture, eye gaze, facial expressions. 

Multimodality represents a cutting-edge approach in the language sciences, and we are recognised internationally for our contributions in this area.

Together with colleagues in Sociology and other departments, we comprise the Centre for Advanced Studies in Language and Communication.