Elliott M. Hoey

Assistant Professor of Language and Communication
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Fulbright Scholar 2020-2021
Loughborough University


I'm interested in human sociality at the point of its production. I use recordings of naturally occurring interactions to investigate people's practical use of language, bodily movement, and the material world in organizing their everyday circumstances.

Recent work of mine has concerned the rejection of university applicants over the phone, the coordination of drinking and speaking, and participants' conduct during lapses in conversation. Current projects address the coordination of autonomous vs. joint action in construction site work, the orderly occurrence of sniffing in conversation, and the use of affect-laden constructions like Who the fuck is that.

For a brief overview, you can listen to an interview with me on BBC Radio 4 "All in the Mind" (starting around minute 24).