Irene Koshik

Plenary Address: Wednesday, July 12 – 11:00am

Gestures and Second Language Conversational Repair

This presentation discusses ways that iconic gestures can be used in in second language conversational repair, either as components of the repair sequence or as trouble sources on which repair is initiated. It highlights the close relationship between talk and gesture in re-establishing intersubjectivity in second language conversation.


About Irene Koshik

koshikfacultypg-2Irene Koshik is Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she teaches courses in conversation analysis, language and social interaction, and second language teaching methodology. Her research uses Conversation Analysis methodology to analyze talk in everyday conversation and in institutional contexts.  She has studied second language conversational and pedagogical practices, questions used as challenges, chat reference interactions, and links between epistemics and membership categorization.  Her most recent work focuses on gestures and repair in second language conversation. Her work has been published in Research on Language and Social Interaction, Journal of Pragmatics, Discourse Studies, Text & Talk, and Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, and Annual Review of Applied Linguistics. She has also contributed to volumes published by Blackwell, Cambridge, John Benjamins, and Oxford University Press and is the author of Beyond Rhetorical Questions: Assertive Questions in Everyday Interaction (John Benjamins, 2005).