Multimodal alignment in telecollaboration: A methodological exploration

Marco Cappellini, Benjamin Holt, Yu Yin Hsu

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This paper presents an analysis of interactive alignment (Pickering & Garrod, 2004) from a multimodal perspective (Guichon & Tellier, 2017) in two telecollaborative settings. We propose a framework to analyze alignment during desktop videoconferencing in its multimodality, including lexical and structural alignment (Michel & Cappellini, 2019) as well as multimodal alignment involving facial expressions. We analyze two datasets coming from two different models of telecollaboration. The first one is based on the Français en (première) ligne model (Develotte et al., 2007) which puts future foreign language teachers in contact with learners of that language. The second one is based on the teletandem model (Telles, 2009), where students of two different mother tongues interact to help each other use and learn the other's language. The paper makes explicit a semi-automatic procedure to study alignment multimodally. We tested our method on a dataset that is composed of two 1-h sessions. Results show that in desktop videoconferencing-based telecollaboration, facial expression alignment is a pivotal component of multimodal alignment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102931
Early online date3 Oct 2022
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022


  • Facial expression alignment
  • Interactive alignment
  • Lexical alignment
  • Structural alignment
  • Telecollaboration
  • Virtual exchange

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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