Professor Cartmill researches the acquisition and evolution of human language. Her work involves comparative and developmental approaches to communication. She focuses on gesture’s role in the origin of language, and the relationship between early social interactions and infant communicative development.
Professor Clayman’s research concerns the intersection of talk and mass communication, with a primary focus on broadcast news interviews, presidential news convergences, and other interactions between journalists and public figures.
Professor Duranti’s research projects have focused on the role of verbal and visual communication in political arenas, everyday life, and during music performance and rehearsals. Theoretically, he has been interested in agency, intentionality and intersubjectivity.
Professor Mendoza-Denton’s research concerns language and identity, bringing ethnographic methods and sociolinguistic tools (e.g. sociophonetics) together to study social worlds including politics and gang affiliation.
Professor Rossi researches human language and gesture as a system of tools for social interaction. His interest is both in the universal aspects of this system grounded in the common infrastructure of human interaction and in its variable aspects driven by the local resources of particular linguistic, social, and cultural settings.
Professor Stivers’ research attempts to uncover the underlying structures of conversation using recordings of spontaneous naturally occurring social interaction. Studying how and when people use particular interaction practices, and to what effect, helps us understand where the boundaries are in terms of culture and language.
Professor Tao takes a usage-based approach to language, where he describes recurrent patterns of language use in context and attempts to explain linguistic patterns from multiple perspectives, including structural, cognitive, historical, social interactional, and cultural. He works with both large quantities of computerized data as well as specific episodes of conversational interaction, with a keen interest in bridging the gap between linguistic research and language teaching and learning.
Professor Goodwin’s research focuses on many aspects of language and interaction, including the co-construction of meaning, the ethnography of science, aphasia as a social process, and the social organization of perception through language use.
A principal concern of Professor Goodwin’s research has been describing the embodied language practices through which children constitute their social world in the midst of moment-to-moment interaction as they play on the street or playground. Of particular concern has been describing dispute processes and forms of social exclusion in the peer group.
Specializing in conversation analysis, Professor Heritage’s recent research deals with communication between attending and reviewing physicians in a hospital as well as the analysis of broadcast news interviews between journalists and public figures.
Primary among Professor Ochs’ research interests is the role of language and culture in life span human development and learning across social groups. She has conducted research on language socialization, narrative, post-industrial childhoods, language and panic disorders, and the communicative worlds of children with autism spectrum disorders.
For Professor Schegloff, direct interaction between persons is the primordial site of sociality. Given this research perspective, he has focused on the detailed analysis of (audio and/or video) recorded episodes of naturally occurring communicative interaction.