My research examines naturally occurring, video/audio-recorded social interactions in a variety of settings: ordinary conversations between family and friends, doctor-patient interactions conducted with the help of language interpreters, conversations among co-workers at workplaces, and interactions between psychiatrists and people suffering from mental illnesses. I use the methodology of Conversation Analysis (CA) to conduct research on talk in Russian and English languages, as well as bilingual Russian-English conversations. Broadly, I am interested in examining how members of different cultural and language communities pursue mutual understanding and construct interpersonal relationships in and through social interaction. I am currently researching various conversational activities in Russian American immigrant families, Russian-language specific conversational practices, as well as interactions in mental health settings.
For more information on Conversation Analysis (CA) at Rutgers, visit our Rutgers University Conversation Analysis Lab (RUCAL)
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