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La cronémica de reuniones multipartitas en videoconferencia: Observaciones en torno al silencio de la fase de preparación
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Modern Languages, Romance Languages.
2015 (Spanish)In: Lengua y Habla, ISSN 1316-1180, no 19, 56-76 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study aims at examining vocal pauses during the preparation phase of eighteen multiparty video conference meetings. Based on Conversation Analysis (CA), data show that time length of vocal pauses in communication is reduced considerably during two moments of on-line conversation. This shows that there are three pre-meeting phases, namely, initial, transitional, and audiovisual. Vocal pauses exhibit specific features. It is also shown that written chats have intervals and lapses of time, and that the level of tolerance towards vocal pauses varies from phase to phase. This can be related with the attention level and availability. A maximum standard for time intervals at the transition phase is proposed. Oral and audio channels support levels of tolerance above three seconds. Finally, this study shows there are different chronemic tempos along a video conference preparation, in which elements such as the web camera seem to be relevant for interaction.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. no 19, 56-76 p.
Keyword [en]
silence, videoconference, online interaction, CMC, gap, lapse
Keyword [es]
silencio, videoconferencia, interacción en línea, CMO, intervalo, lapso
National Category
Specific Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-295375ISI: 000367801500004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-295375DiVA: diva2:933527
Available from: 2016-06-06 Created: 2016-06-06 Last updated: 2016-08-26Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Conversación digital: copresencia y disponibilidad: Estudio pragmático del preámbulo de reuniones multipartitas por videoconferencia
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Conversación digital: copresencia y disponibilidad: Estudio pragmático del preámbulo de reuniones multipartitas por videoconferencia
2016 (Spanish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The present thesis explores how interaction is initiated in multi-party meetings in Adobe Connect, 7.0, with a particular focus on how co-presence and mutual availability are established through the preambles of 18 meetings held in Spanish without a moderator. Taking Conversation Analysis (CA) as a methodological point of departure, this thesis comprises four different studies, each of them analyzing a particular phenomenon within the interaction of the preambles in a multimodal environment that allows simultaneous interaction through video, voice and text-chat.

The first study (Artículo I) shows how participants solve jointly the issue of availability in a technological environment where being online is not necessarily understood as being available for communicating. The second study (Artículo II) focuses on the beginning of the audiovisual interaction; in particular on how participants check the right functioning of the audiovisual mode. The third study (Artículo III) explores silences within the interaction of the preamble. It shows that the length of gaps and lapses become a significant aspect the preambles and how they are connected to the issue of availability.  Finally, the four study introduces the notion of modal alignment, an interactional phenomenon that systematically appears in the beginnings of the encounters, which seems to be used and understood  as a strategy for the establishment of mutual availability and negotiation of the participation framework.

As a whole, this research shows how participants, in order to establish mutual co-presence and availability, adapt to a particular technology in terms of participation management, deploying strategies and conveying successive actions which, as it is the case of the activation of their respective webcams, seem to be understood as predictable within the intricate process of establishing mutual availability before the meeting starts.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2016. 115 p.
Studia Romanica Upsaliensia, ISSN 0562-3022 ; 84
online interaction, videoconferencing, multi-party meeting, co-presence, mutual availability, digital conversation, Conversation Analysis (AC), opening sequence, interacción en línea, videoconferencia, reunión multipartita, copresencia, disponibilidad recíproca, conversación digital, Análisis Conversacional (AC), secuencia de apertura
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Specific Languages
Research subject
Romance Languages
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-298358 (URN)978-91-554-9622-7 (ISBN)
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2016-09-10, Ihresalen, Engelska Parken, Humanistiskt centrum, Thunbergsvägen 3H, Uppsala, 10:15 (Spanish)
Available from: 2016-08-18 Created: 2016-07-04 Last updated: 2016-08-26

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