Quasi-instructions: Orienting to the projectable trajectories of imminent bodily movements with instruction-like utterances

Tekin B. S.

Journal of Pragmatics, vol.186, pp.341-357, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 186
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.pragma.2021.10.018
  • Title of Journal : Journal of Pragmatics
  • Page Numbers: pp.341-357
  • Keywords: Co-presence, Projectability, Quasi-instructions, Simultaneity, Temporality, Video games


© 2021 Elsevier B.V.Drawing on video recordings of people playing video games with their entire bodies, this study examines the interactional relationship between simultaneously occurring player movements and spectator utterances. More specifically, this paper investigates quasi-instructions by which I refer to spectator utterances designed with typical instruction formats and produced as players perform their game relevant movements with their bodies. The analysis demonstrates that quasi-instructions orient to the imminent player movements and their projectable trajectories within the interactional ecology, as well as exhibiting sensitivity to the game events. This paper argues that by producing quasi-instructions, spectators exhibit co-presence and togetherness with players in the video gaming activities, rendering them joint endeavors. Participants in the data speak Turkish.