Co-ordinating Non-mutual Realities: The Asymmetric Impact of Delay on Video-Mediated Music Lessons


During a music lesson, participants need to co-ordinate both their turns at talk and their turns at playing. Verbal and musical contributions are shaped by their organisation within the turn-taking system. When lessons are conducted remotely by video conference, these mechanisms are disrupted by the asymmetric effects of delay on the interaction; in effect a "non-mutual reality" comprised of two different conversations at each end of the link. Here we compare detailed case studies of a co-present and a remote music lesson, in order to show how this effect arises, and how it impacts conduct during the lesson.

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