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Emily Hofstetter

Associate Professor, Docent

I study everyday human interactions. In my research, I investigate the smallest details of interactions, particularly with recordings of sport and play.

Human interaction and holistic language

I research social interaction – the processes and rules that organize how we humans live in a social world. We usually take ordinary conversations for granted, because they are ubiquitous and permeate everything we do. However, human interaction is a rich and fascinating system, and we are only beginning to understand it.

I currently work on two main projects: one on how voice the body are used together in interaction, and the other on how 'megagames' can be used to enable discussion and pedagogy around climate change.

My previous work has examined several institutional settings, such as neonatal clinics, visiting a local politician, and helping colleagues work in safer environments. I have worked to apply this research in communication training, using the CARM methodology for presenting and discussing interactional research results.

I have made videos about my primary methodology, conversation analysis, and how it works on Youtube.

Further information and full publications and filmclips:

Research project



Leelo Keevallik, Emily Hofstetter, Agnes Löfgren, Sally Wiggins Young (2024) Repetition for real-time coordination of action: Lexical and non-lexical vocalizations in collaborative time management Discourse Studies Continue to DOI


Leelo Keevallik, Emily Hofstetter (Editorship) (2023) Sounding for Others
Emily Hofstetter, Jessica Robles (2023) Metagaming and Multiactivity: How Board Game Players Deal with Progressivity Complexity of Interaction: Studies in multimodal conversation analysis, p. 65-97 Continue to DOI
Julia Katila, Emily Hofstetter, Leelo Keevallik (2023) Cries of Pleasure and Pain: Vocalizations Communicating How Touch Feels in Romantic Relationships Research on Language and Social Interaction, Vol. 56, p. 330-349 Continue to DOI
Leelo Keevallik, Emily Hofstetter (2023) Sounding for others: Vocal resources for embodied togetherness Language & Communication, Vol. 90, p. 33-40 Continue to DOI