A1 Journal article (refereed)
Coordinating action in technology-supported shared tasks : Virtual pointing as a situated practice for mobilizing a response (2021)

Olbertz-Siitonen, M., & Piirainen-Marsh, A. (2021). Coordinating action in technology-supported shared tasks : Virtual pointing as a situated practice for mobilizing a response. Language and Communication, 79, 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.langcom.2021.03.005

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All authors or editorsOlbertz-Siitonen, Margarethe; Piirainen-Marsh, Arja

Journal or seriesLanguage and Communication



Publication year2021


Pages range1-21


Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessPartially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/75242


Drawing on recordings of remote screen-based work meetings in Finland, this conversation analytic study investigates interactive properties of mouse cursor movements in technology-mediated shared tasks. The article illustrates how participants rely on features afforded by the input device in ways that divert from its pre-designed functions to accomplish virtual pointing gestures. These gestures serve as an organizational resource in the precursory phase of action, i.e. when a next on-screen action is observably made relevant. In this sequential environment, pointing by means of the tool is a collaborative resource: an embodied practice for sustaining co-orientation and advancing the sequential progression of the activity. Pointing that co-occurs with first actions such as questions works towards mobilizing a response by projecting relevant nexts and displays the chair's orientation to the respective rights and obligations of the participants.

Keywordsremote workmeetings (arranged events)interactiondecision makingvirtual environmentinformation and communications technologyconversation analysis

Free keywordsvirtual pointing; mobilizing response; joint decision-making; technology-mediated interaction; remote work meetings; conversation analysis

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2021

JUFO rating3

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