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After early forays into the fields of (i) passivization and (ii) temporal semantics, my research over the past twenty years has increasingly centered on (iii) prosody and (iv) the use of language in social interaction. The latter two fields together have come to be known as “Interactional linguistics”.

The idea is to examine language in vivo rather than in vitro, i.e. in real situations of use rather than in the laboratory, and to use the evidence provided by participants themselves to warrant analytic claims. This is the approach I am currently taking with respect to two research endeavors.

The first concerns affect and emotion as they are displayed and managed in everyday conversational storytelling: the task is to describe the verbal, vocal and gestural resources used to make affective stances accessible in storytelling and to understand the relevancies that such affect displays mobilize for particular kinds of affiliative response.

The second research endeavor relates to clause combining in talk-in-interaction: here the challenge is to understand what are typically thought of as static grammatical “constructions” as actions that unfold in time and can therefore dynamically project specific kinds of upcoming talk and/or retrospectively backlink to specific parts of earlier talk.

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International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.


Konstruktionsgrammatik und Prosodie: OH in englischer Alltagsinteraktion

Translated title of the contribution: Construction grammar and prosody: OH in English everyday interactionBarth-Weingarten, D., Couper-Kuhlen, E. & Deppermann, A., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Prosodie & (Konstruktions-)Grammatik. Imo, W. & Lanwer, J. (eds.). Berlin: de Gruyter

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

On "Whistle" Sound Objects in English Everyday Conversation

Reber, E. & Couper-Kuhlen, E., 2 Jan 2020, In : Research on Language and Social Interaction. 53, 1, p. 164-187 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Ratschläge in der Alltagskommunikation: Zur Verwendung einer sedimentierten Form im Englischen

Translated title of the contribution: Advice-giving in everyday conversation: On the use of a sedimented form in EnglishCouper-Kuhlen, E. & Thompson, S. A., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Verfestigungen in der Interaktion : Konstruktionen, sequenzielle Muster, Gattungen. Imo, W., König, K., Wegner, L. & Weidner, B. (eds.). Berlin: de Gruyter

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

The prosody of other-repetitions in British and North American English

Couper-Kuhlen, E., 2020, In : Language in Society. 49, 4, p. 551-552 2 p., PII S004740452000024X.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Comparing language use in social interaction

Couper-Kuhlen, E., 2019, Studies in Comparative Pragmatics. Lenk, H. E. H., Härmä, J., Sanromán Vilas, B. & Suomela-Härmä, E. (eds.). Cambridge Scholars Publishing, p. 3-18 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review


Prosody and pragmatic function in next-turn repetitions across five languages

Rossi, G., Couper-Kuhlen, E., Hakulinen, A., Huhtamäki, M., Lindström, J., Londen, A., Persson, R., Stevanovic, M. & Vatanen, A.

09/02/2015 → …

Project: Research project

Emotive involvement in conversational storytelling

Couper-Kuhlen, E. & Selting, M.


Project: Research project


Lapse Organization in Interaction

Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen (Opponent)


Activity: Examination typesMember of doctoral thesis committee / follow-up group

Turn design as a locus for intersubjectivity: Imperatively formatted turns

Marja-Leena Sorjonen (Speaker), , Liisa Anneli Raevaara (Speaker), & Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen (Speaker)

11 May 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

The interactional accomplishment of action

Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen (Pre-examiner)


Activity: Examination typesPre-examiner of doctoral thesis

Translatory practices in everyday conversation: Bilingual mediating in Finnish-Brazilian Portuguese interaction

Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen (Co-supervisor), , Ritva Hannele Laury (Co-supervisor), & Liisa Anneli Raevaara (Co-supervisor)


Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

Presentation at CoE Kick-off seminar

Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen (Speaker: Presenter)


Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars