Phygital highlighting: Achieving joint visual attention when physically co-editing a digital text

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In this paper, we introduce the concept of phygital highlighting. Phygital actions, by their
very nature, are intertwined, simultaneously produced both physically and digitally, and
may be used for practices of highlighting. The aim of this paper is therefore to revisit
Goodwin's (1994) concept of highlighting and expand it to include phygital actions. We
show how phygital highlighting is a participant method for achieving joint attention while
engaged in face-to-face, computer-supported cooperative activity. Phygital highlighting is
shown to be an observable and socially recognisable practice, composed of multimodal
resources, specifically related to pointing practices and indexical terms in combination
with moving the mouse and cursor, all of which are used to achieve a shared reference to
specific parts of the displayed content. The paper is based on video ethnography and
multimodal conversation analysis of a single case from an open office environment, which
is considered a perspicuous setting for research into phygital highlighting.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Pragmatics
Volume177
Pages (from-to)1-17
ISSN0378-2166
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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