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.

Kimmo Svinhufvud
Centre of Excellence in Intersubjectivity in Interaction
University of Helsinki

Chloé Mondémé
Triangle Lab / CNRS

Charlotte Lundgren
Department of Culture and Communication,
Linköping University

For more information on our approach, see the following literature:

Video analysis
Heath, C., Hindmarsh, J., & Luff, P. (2010). Video in qualitative research. London: Sage.
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Conversation analysis
Sidnell, J., & Stivers, T. (eds.). (2013). The handbook of conversation analysis. Chichester: Wiley.
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Antaki, C. (ed.). (2011). Applied conversation analysis. Intervention and change in institutional talk. London: Palgrave.
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Multimodal analysis
Mondada, L. (2014). The local constitution of multimodal resources for social interaction. Journal of Pragmatics 65, 137–156.
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Mondada, L. (2016). Challenges of multimodality. Language and the body in social interaction. Journal of Sociolinguistics 20, 336-366.
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