The research project aims at explicating the specific resources for social interaction used in equine-assisted therapy (EAT). It is precisely because the horse is a participant in the interaction (e.g., the horse reacts to human action, the horse’s actions are interpreted by the other participants) she can be used in the therapy process.
We are using video-recorded interactions from authentic therapy sessions as data. The data are then analyzed using the methods of video analysis, conversation analysis and multimodal analysis.
We are currently collecting pilot data in Finnish and in French. The next step is applying funding for the project.
Centre of Excellence in Intersubjectivity in Interaction
University of Helsinki
Triangle Lab / CNRS
Department of Culture and Communication,
For more information on our approach, see the following literature:
Heath, C., Hindmarsh, J., & Luff, P. (2010). Video in qualitative research. London: Sage.
Sidnell, J., & Stivers, T. (eds.). (2013). The handbook of conversation analysis. Chichester: Wiley.
Antaki, C. (ed.). (2011). Applied conversation analysis. Intervention and change in institutional talk. London: Palgrave.
Mondada, L. (2014). The local constitution of multimodal resources for social interaction. Journal of Pragmatics 65, 137–156.
Mondada, L. (2016). Challenges of multimodality. Language and the body in social interaction. Journal of Sociolinguistics 20, 336-366.