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Situating embodied instruction - proxemics and body knowledge

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JournalLinguistics Vanguard
DateAccepted/In press - 27 Oct 2020
DatePublished (current) - 21 Jul 2021
Issue numbers4
Original languageEnglish


In various ways the movement and experience of the body is instructed by others. This may be in the dance class or on the playing field. In these interactions, one person claims knowledge of the other's body and rights to instruct how that body functions, moves, and feels. By undertaking a close analysis of embodied and spoken interaction within performance training sessions from a multimodal conversation analytic perspective this paper will identify one kind of broad sequential trajectory – from intimate contact to public display - that shows how an instructor claims rights over the internal workings of another's body by traversing different levels of proximity and sensorial modalities.

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