From Wednesday 13 to Friday 15 April

Transcribing is a key practice in several scientific domains in which the methodology crucially relies on the gathering of data through recordings – such as video materials – and on their representation, in a textual and visual form. For example, the tradition of conversation analysis bases its studies on audio and video recordings of social interactions, which are then transcribed according to various conventions. Whereas talk is often transcribed in a rather standardized way (e.g., Jefferson 2004), for embodied conduct – including gesture, gaze, head movements, facial expressions, body postures, movements of the entire body – there is still a lack of standardized conventions. Multimodal transcription constitutes an attempt to offer a representation of the temporal details of action and interaction, through the hybridization of textualizations and visualizations of video recorded images. This workshop aims at exploring analytical and technical aspects of textual and visual practices in the fabrication of transcripts. For so doing, researchers practicing multimodal transcription and artists interested in the representation of movement, body, and action in time will collaborate together. The aim is to produce new forms of visualizations and experiment their advantages and limitations for the analysis and the representation of social interaction.


A visual turn in linguistics? Uses of video for studying language

Wednesday 13 April 2016
Istituto Svizzero di Roma

Prof. Dr. Lorenza Mondada
(Universities of Basel and Helsinki)



Wednesday, 13 April

9.45     Welcome, Michele Luminati and Philippe Sormani (Istituto Svizzero di Roma)

10.00   Roundtable, presentations

10.30   The integration of temporal and visual aspects in transcripts
Lorenza Mondada (Universities of Basel and Helsinki)

11.30   The graphic transcript and Bogen’s complaint
Eric Laurier (University of Edinburgh)

14.30   Data sessions on the excerpts chosen

17.00   Tools and technologies: artists’ presentations and transcriptional implications
Clélia Dumas (Bern University of Arts), Ryan Hamill (Edinburgh) and Veronika Timashkova (Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem)

19.15    Evening lecture
A visual turn in linguistics? Uses of video for studying language
Lorenza Mondada (Universities of Basel and Helsinki)


Thursday, 14 April

9.00-12.00    Parallel working groups on Modalities, Media, and Trajectories (1)

12.00-14.00   Plenum: presentation and discussion

16.00-19.00   Parallel working groups – Reprise

20.00     Exhibition and discussion of the results


Friday, 15 April

9.00-12.00    Parallel working groups on Modalities, Media, and Trajectories (2)

12.00-13.00    Presentation of NERO Publishing (Lorenzo Micheli Gigotti)

15.00-18.00    Exhibition with workshop results and Plenum discussion

18.00-20.00    Roundtable – Conclusionary remarks and relaunch


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Guelfo Carbone
Clélia Dumas
Ryan Hamill
Katariina Harjunpää
Lorenzo Gigotti
Sara Keel
Eric Laurier

Lorenza Mondada
David Tomás Monteiro
Philippe Sormani
Hanna Svensson
Kimmo Svinhufvud
Veronika Timashkova


  • Studies of Video Practices. Video at Work
    Broth, M., Laurier, E., Mondada, L. (eds.). (2014) | London: Routledge
  • Konversationsanalyse. Eine Einführung am Beispiel des Französischen
    Gülich, E., Mondada, L. (2008) | Tübingen: Niemeyer
  • Multiactivity in social interaction: Beyond multitasking
    Haddington, P., Keisanen, T., Mondada, L., Nevile, M. (eds.). (2014) | Amsterdam: Benjamins
  • Interaction and Mobility. Language and the Body in Motion
    Haddington, P., Mondada, L., Nevile, M. (eds). (2013) | Berlin: De Gruyter
  • Corps en interaction. Participation, spatialité, mobilité
    Mondada, L. (éd.) (2014) | Lyon : Editions ENS
  • Chercheurs en interaction. Comment émergent les savoirs
    Mondada, L., (2005) | Lausanne : Presses Polytechniques et Universitaires Romandes
  • Knowledge and Morality in Conversation. Rights, Responsibilities and Accountability
    Stivers, T., Mondada, L., Steensig, J. (eds.) (2011) | Cambridge University Press