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Department of Philology
University of Crete, Greece




Workshop #1

Speech-Accompanying Gestures – Current Empirical and Theoretical Advances

organized by Patrick G. Grosz & Sarah Zobel (University of Oslo)

Wednesday July 22, 2020


Workshop Description
In the investigation of speech-accompanying gestures (e.g., McNeill 1992, 2005; Kendon 1972, 2004; Abner et al. 2015), the main research questions include the study of their production and meaning contribution, as well as their interaction with the linguistic signals that they accompany (both signed and spoken). In addition, recent linguistic work discusses how these interactions should be captured in formal linguistic models (see Lascarides & Stone 2009, Ebert & Ebert 2014, Schlenker 2018, Esipova 2019), contributing to the emerging field of super linguistics, which applies formal linguistic methodology to non-standard objects of study (using ‘super’ in its original Latinate meaning ‘beyond’, see Schlenker & Patel-Grosz 2018). Although significant theoretical and empirical advances have been made in the last decades (see Abner et al. 2015, Goldin-Meadow & Brentari 2017), only a fraction of the empirical domain has been explored so far, and many discussions of fundamental theoretical issues have not reached a consensus. For instance, in formal semantics, the very type of meaning that gestures contribute is controversial, and how that meaning should be integrated into the meaning of the speech signal (e.g.,whether it should be modeled as a type of presupposition, or non-restricting modification, etc., compare Schlenker 2018, Esipova 2019, Hunter 2019). This workshop aims to bring together researchers working on different aspects of the connection between linguistic and gestural communication: the empirical study of speechaccompanying gestures (including cross-cultural and cross-linguistic variation, e.g., Kita & Özyürek 2003, Kita 2009, Özçalışkan et al. 2016, Ortega & Özyürek 2019), their formal analysis, as well as extensions of the core phenomenon of speech-accompanying gestures to other communicational media – for instance emojis, which are analyzed as the equivalent of gestures in written computermediated communication (see Gawne & McCulloch 2019, Cohn et al. 2019, Bai et al. 2019).

Speakers
Cornelia Ebert (Goethe University of Frankfurt)
Masha Esipova (Princeton University)
Patrick Georg Grosz (University of Oslo) & Francesco Pierini (École normale supérieure)
Aslı Özyürek (Radboud University / MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen)
Philippe Schlenker (Institut Jean-Nicod, CNRS; New York University)

Call for Posters
We invite contributions for poster presentations. Possible topics for posters include (but are not limited to): theoretical and empirical approaches to speech-accompanying gestures (in the broadest possible sense) and (non-grammaticalized) facial expressions, both in signed and spoken languages; silent gestures; gestures in non-human animals; emojis as gestures; musical gestures (especially sound-accompanying gestures and movements that may or may not be communicative; see Jensenius et al. 2010); communicative body movement (e.g., dance; emotional display of athletes; see Sandler 2018); cross-cultural and cross-linguistic variation in gestures.

Please send a 1-page abstract to gestures.creteling2020@gmail.com by February 29, 2020. (References are not included in the page count.) Please provide the author(s) name(s), affiliation(s) and contact details in the main body of the email.

Notification of acceptance will be sent out in March 2020.

References

Venue
Student Cultural Center Xenia
16, Sofokli Venizelou str
74100 Rethymnon Crete