Leelo Keevallik works in the field of interactional linguistics with an emphasis on the sequentiality of social action and the temporal nature of grammar. She has published on the development and use of pragmatic particles, features of grammar, such as projection, clause combining, clitics and reduplication, as well as prosody in interaction. Having re-interpreted the function of pro-forms and deixis in real-time embodied contexts, she is currently looking into practices of coordinating grammar with the body.
- Embodied interaction in the material world, especially at dance classes
- Directives and compliance as social actions
- Pragmatic particles and processes of particularization
- Evidentiality and epistemics in sequences of actions
- Interactional prosody
- Deixis in face-to-face interaction
- Construction of identity and language change in immigrant communities.