February 28, 2012

The 68th Meeting of Mind and Activity

Saturday, Mach 10, 2012

3:30PM - 7:30PM
Room 1555, on the 5th floor of Main Building (Building #1)
Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo


We plan to have two presentations and one data session.

3:30 PM: Dom Berducci,
Preventative Maintenance: Sequentially organized prevention/interruption of already-intiated cry-units.

In the past at M and A I presented data that (I hope ) demonstrated that in infant/caregiver interaction, the ryhtym of the infants' cry organized the interaction when the caregiver directed talk to the infant, and to a lesser extent when the caregiver directed talk to the audience of the video.

For this presentation, I think the data show that if the caregiver wishes to prevent the cry, that he or she initiates that prevention at the beginnning of the cry unit, ie what seems to be the 'interrupt' position in adult/adult talk. I have 2 fragments of what I think are the case, I wish the M and A members would look at and discuss.

4:50 PM: Data session led by Tomoyo Takagi,
Multiparty family interaction as a primary locus of language socialization.

I will show a fragment from the data collected for a study investigating a very fundamental question of how it is possible for family members to engage in multiparty interaction involving the pre-verbal infant and/or young child of the family. The discussion will include the complex, multiparty and multimodal ways in which participation frameworks unfold allowing the child and infant distinct participatory status, and their possible implications for language socialization.

6:10 PM: Aug Nishizaka,
Distributing orientations in multi-activity interaction: Joint management of activity-frames. [2nd half]

The participants in an ultrasound examination (a healthcare provider and a pregnant woman) orient to, as the dominant involvement at hand, what is recognizable as one of the official tasks of ultrasound examinations. However, during an ultrasound examination, the healthcare provider also performs various activities other than examining the pregnant woman's interior structure, but still relevant to the health care of the pregnant woman, such as giving advice. The question to be addressed in this presentation is how participants organize these activities as "subordinate" in the performance of an ultrasound examination.

If anybody is interested in bringing their own data, analyses, observations, arguments, or whatever, to a next meeting to discuss together, please contact Aug Nishizaka at augnish(a)soc.meijigakuin.ac.jp.