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Full Title: Language as a Form of Action

Location: Rome, Italy
Start Date: 21-Jun-2017 - 23-Jun-2017
Contact: Olga Capirci
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Meeting Description: Language as a Form of Action

Keynote Speakers:

- Adam Kendon (Cambridge University and University College London, UK)
- Sotaro Kita (University of Warwick, Coventry, UK)
- Marie-Anne Sallandre & Marie-Thérèse L'Huillier (Universite Paris-8, France)
- Virginia Volterra (Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, CNR Rome, Italy)

The DComm Project in collaboration with ISTC-CNR and Gest_lan_d Project are pleased to announce the Conference ''Language as a Form of Action'' to be held in the Sala Convegni of CNR (Piazzale A. Moro), Rome Italy, June 21-23, 2017.

The aim of the conference is to approach gesture and sign language research in an interdisciplinary way by bringing together researchers working on these topics from the fields of linguistics, neuroscience, developmental psychology, developmental robotics, philosophy, and other related disciplines. We aim to explore the concept of ''language'' in its full complexity, i.e., by considering the interaction of vocal and manual (including non-manual features) modalities in spoken languages as well as in signed languages. The core idea of the conference is based on the considerations posed by Adam Kendon, in particular, in his recent article ''Semiotic diversity in utterance production and the concept of 'language'' (2014).

Conference Language: English, International Signs and Italian Sign Language. Sign language interpreters (International Signs and Italian Sign Language) will be available.

Registration will open on March 31, 2017

Scientific committee:

- Olga Capirci (Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, CNR Rome, Italy)
- Maria Cristina Caselli (Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, CNR Rome, Italy)
- Jean-Marc Colletta (Université Grenoble Alpes, France)
- Kenny Coventry (University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK)

Local organizing committee:

- Olga Capirci ( )
- Alessio Di Renzo (
- Francesca Lasorsa ( )
- Barbara Pennacchi ( )
- Morgana Proietti ( )
- Anita Slonimska ( )

General information:

The conference is made possible thanks to:

DComm (This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 676063)
Gest_lan_d (Seventh Framework Programme for research and Technological Development Marie Curie IRSES International Research Staff Exchange Scheme GEST_LAN_D PIRSES-GA-2013-612563)
Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, CNR Rome, Italy
Linguistic Subfield: General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Neurolinguistics; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics
Subject Language Family: Sign Language
LL Issue: 28.650

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