Dennis Day

DDAssociate Professor
Department of Language and Communication[at]
(2014 – present)


I have a background in Linguistics, particularly Linguistic Anthropology. My research often combines Ethnomethodologically inspired ethnographic fieldwork with Conversation and Membership Categorisation Analysis.  A great deal of my work has been situated in multilingual workplace environments such as factories, engineering departments and universities in Scandinavia. As many members of the team, I too become involved in the Sønderborg Participatory Innovation Research Centre (SPIRE) and was cast into the world of industrial design as an interaction analyst.  Within Spire I worked, for example on hearing aid design, an ethnomethodological introspective study of a hard of hearing person and, together with Rineke Brouwer, conversation analytic studies of compliance  and of identity in audiologist-client interactions. I also worked with sketches as objects in design workshops. The abundant use of material objects in the design activities we investigated made us all too aware of how little is known of how objects are involved in interaction. For me, an interest in objects implies an interest in the body as I am most interested in how people touch, grab, and generally handle objects in interaction.



  • Membership Categorization and Storytelling: The cake story – Day, D. & Kjærbeck, S. 2015 In : Pragmatics and Society.
  • Impact of connected objects on social encounters – Schellekens, K., Giaccardi, E., Day, D., Hung, H., Quiros, L. C., Gedik, E. & Martella, C. 20 May 2015 Proceedings of the 4th Participatory Innovation Conference 2015. Valkenburg, R., Dekkers, C. & Sluijs, J. (eds.). The Hague: The Hague University of Applied Sciences, p. 416-423
  • Interactional consequences of co-participants’s possession of artifacts in professional face-to-face interaction – Day, D. & Rasmussen, G. 1 Oct 2015


  • Kinesthetic human/robot coordination: The coordination of movements for interaction – Sørensen, A. S., Rasmussen, G. & Day, D. 2014 Proceedings of the 9th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction. Association for Computing Machinery, p. 292-293
  • Objects as Tools for Talk – Day, D. & Wagner, J. 2014 Interacting with things: The sociality of objects. Nevile, M., Haddington, P., Heinemann, T. & Rauniomaa, M. (eds.). John Benjamins Publishing Company, Vol. 187, p. 101-124


  • ‘Positioning’ in the conversation analytic approach – Day, D. & Kjærbeck, S. 2013 In : Narrative Inquiry. 23, 1, p. 16-39
  • SPIRE Research Summary 2008-2013: Ideals of Participatory Innovation – Sproedt, H. & Day, D. 2013


  • Collective form generation through visual participatory representation – Day, D., Sharma, N. & Punekar, R. 2012
  • Sketches as Interaction Spaces – Day, D. & Sharma, N. 2012
  • Hearing poorly with skill – Day, D. 2012 Design Anthropology: Building Relations Between Designing and Using. Gunn, W. & Donavan, J. (eds.). Ashgate
  • Treating student contributions as displays of understanding in group supervision – Day, D. & Kjærbeck, S. 2012 Evaluating Cognitive Competences in Interaction. Rasmussen, G., Brouwer, C. E. & Day, D. (eds.). John Benjamins Publishing Company, p. 67-88
  • WHO/ICF guidelines and compliance in a hearing aid consultation – Brouwer, C. E. & Day, D. 2012 Hearing Aids Communication: Integrating Social Interaction, Audiology and User Centered Design to Improve Communication with Hearing Loss and Hearing Technologies. Egbert, M. & Deppermann, A. (eds.). Verlag für Gesprächsforschung, Ch. 13, p. 125-137
  • Evaluating cognitive competences in interaction – Rasmussen, G., Brouwer, C. E. & Day, D. 2012 John Benjamins Publishing Company. (Pragmatics and Beyond New Series).


  • Treating the actions of children as sensible: Investigating structures in interactions between children with disabilities and their parents – Rasmussen, G., Brouwer, R., Day, D., Hougaard, A., Ferm, U. & Thunberg, G. 2011 In : Journal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders. 2, 2, p. 153-182
  • Hearing aids with no batteries – Day, D. 2011 Proceedings of the Participatory Innovation Conference: PINC 2011: 13-15 January, Sønderborg, Denmark. Buur, J. (ed.). PINC
  • Educational practices in the international university: Language as a resource for intercultural distinction in a project group meeting – Day, D. & Kjærbeck, S. 2011 Language and Learning in the International University: From English Uniformity to Diversity and Hybridity. Preisler, B., Klitgård, I. & Fabricius, A. (eds.). Multilingual Matters
  • Membership Categorization Analysis – Day, D. 2011 The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. Chapelle, C. (ed.). Blackwell Publishing Ltd