Acceptability and Disalignment in Co-Animation

  • Sharmin Choudhury

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


This thesis examines acceptability and disalignment in the understudied interactional practice of coanimation (Cantarutti 2020) in British podcast interactions. This study builds upon the existing research by adopting the theoretical and methodological tenets of Conversation analysis, Interactional Linguistics and Multimodal analysis to determine the properties and environment which contribute to acceptability within animated sequences.
The way in which participants design (co)animated utterances to minimise miscalculation and disalignment through management of epistemic entitlement, sequential positioning and turn design is analysed in multi-party interactions. The study revealed that whilst animators worked to level their epistemic entitlement through the design of their initial turn to facilitate safe entry into the animation space, the point at which co-animators chose to enter was also integral to the way in which the co-animated utterance was received. Co-animators were also found to be using devices such as formulations (Heritage and Watson, 1979) and reformulations (G├╝lich & Kotschi, 1995; Caipuscio, 2003; Cuenca, 2003; Murillo, 2012) due to their paraphrastic and implicative nature.
The study also provides a basis for the analysis of multimodal appreciation devices and third-party appreciation in co-animation as well as the investigation into the affiliative nature of co-animation in primary and secondary audiences.
Date of Award11 Nov 2022
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorElizabeth Holt (Main Supervisor) & Jim O'Driscoll (Co-Supervisor)

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