Multimodal Communication

Some faculty members in the Department are engaged in research and teach courses on the uses and relationships of different communication modalities, including speech, gesture, gaze, and facial displays (nonverbal communication). They have studied communication among the deaf as well as interaction among blind children. And they conduct research on ways in which artifacts (graphic signs, technologies, and other material objects) are used in face-to-face communication and how people in interaction make use of the situated ecology of the environment (e.g. the shop-floor, the classroom, the office).

Courses | Publications by faculty members | Dissertations | Faculty and courses in other departments


CMS 384K Ethnographic Research in Communication

CMS 386P Microethnograpy of Interaction

CMS 386P Embodied Communication

CMS 390P Gesture

CMS 392P Communication Technologies in the Workplace

Publications by faculty members

Dailey, R. M. (2008). Assessing the contribution of nonverbal behaviors in displays of con?rmation during parent-adolescent interactions: An actor-partner-interdependence model. Journal of Family Communication, 8, 62-91.

Smith-Todd & Maxwell, M. (2003). Black Sign Language and School Integration in Texas, with Sybil Smith Todd, in John Lewis (Ed.). The Black Deaf. Gallaudet University, 2003.

Poeppelmeyer, D., Maxwell, M. & Polich, L. (1999). Deaf Members and Nonmembers: The Creation of Culture through Communication Practices, in Kovarsky et al., 1999.

Maxwell, M. (1996). Language Codes and Sense-Making among Deaf Schoolchildren. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 1 (1996): 122-136.

Maxwell, M. (1990). Visual-Centered Narratives of the Deaf, Linguistics and Education, 2: 213-229.

Kraemer, P. & Maxwell, M. (1990). Speech and Identify in the Deaf Narrative, with P. Kraemer, Text 18: 339-363.

Stephens, K. K., Sôrnes, J. O, Rice, R. E., Browning, L. D., & Sætre, A. S. (2008). Discrete, sequential, and follow-up use of information and communication technology by managerial knowledge workers. Management Communication Quarterly, 22, 197-231.

Stephens, K. K. (2007). The successive use of information and communication technologies at work. Communication Theory, 17(4), 486-509.

Goodwin, C. LeBaron & J. Streeck (Eds.). (to appear). Multimodality and Human Activity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Streeck, J. (2009) Gesturecraft. The Manufacture of Meaning. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

Streeck, J. (in press) Depicting gestures. The representation of body motion in the visual arts of the West. Gesture, 9, 1, 1-34

J. Streeck, J. & Jordan, J.S. (Eds.) (2009) Anticipation and Projection in Embodied Communication. Special double issue. Discourse Processes, 46, 2-3, 2009.

1997 C. LeBaron & J. Streeck. Built space and the interactional framing of experience during a murder interrogation. Human Studies, 20, 1-25.

Ph. D. dissertations and M.A. theses

Ho, Shin-jung. (Ph.D., 2007) Multimodalities and dramatic imaginations in mise-en-scène communication

Kristine Michelle Markman (Ph.D., 2006) Computer-Mediated Conversation: The Organization of Talk in Chat-Based Virtual Team Meetings

Siri Mehus (Ph.D., 2006) Coordinating Care: A Microethnographic Investigation into Interactional Practices of Childcare Workers

Juanita Handy Bosma (Ph. D., 2005) Communicating Knowledge of a Complex Task

Sae Oshima (M.A., 2003) Symbolic Uses of Material Objects in Face-to-Face Interaction and Modern Art

Curtis D. LeBaron (Ph.D., 1998) Building Communication: Architectural Gestures and the Embodiment of New Ideas

Güney, Senem (M.A., 1997) Management of Multiple Frames in Everyday Interaction: The Shifting Personas of a Car Mechanic

Faculty and courses in other departments

Prof. Elizabeth Keating, Dept. of Anthropology (technology and language, language and cognition, language and gender, language and space, science communication, technology and workplace communication)

Prof. Angela Nonaka, Dept. of Anthropology (language socialization, language ideologies, ?eldwork methods, language documentation, and language endangerment)