Objects in embodied sociolinguistics: Mind the door in research group meetings

Suresh Canagarajah, Valeriya Minakova

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This article addresses recent calls in sociolinguistics to accommodate the agentive role of material objects in communicative interactions. The study explores how agency is shared between humans and objects, and how the latter may influence and shape the semiotic repertoires in a professional interaction. We adopt interactional sociolinguistics to analyze video recordings from the research group meetings (RGM) of a team of multinational microbiologists in a midwestern American university to demonstrate how the door plays an important role in the RGM genre of discourse. The door serves as a contextualization cue for the opening and composition of the interaction, indexes the participant identities, constructs the interactional space into an 'ecological huddle', and frames the 'professional vision' by bringing into salience the relevant semiotic resources, footing, participation frameworks, and ethos.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-214
Number of pages32
JournalLanguage in Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 13 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Linguistics and Language


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