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Full Title: Connecting Discourse in Speech and Gesture
Location: Lund, Sweden
Start Date: 30-Mar-2017 - 31-Mar-2017
Contact: Maria Graziano
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: You are cordially invited to the workshop Connecting discourse in speech and gesture, organized by Maria Graziano, Emanuela Campisi and Marianne Gullberg.

It will be held on 30-31 March 2017 in Lund, Sweden, and is funded by the Birgit Rausing Language Program.


An extensive body of work has demonstrated that to construct meaning in discourse, speakers must arrange words morphosyntactically and according to pragmatic and discourse principles, such as emphasizing relevant topics, marking transitions between information, indicating one’s own view about what is being said, clarifying the information status of information, etc. To achieve this, speakers use a range of linguistic cohesive devices (e.g., referring expressions such as the doctor, she; connectives such as because). In addition, gestures have also been shown to play an important role in discourse management. For example, gestures are systematically associated with referential expressions such that their presence depends on the referent's information status. Moreover, at a meta-discursive level, gestures can express pragmatic meaning, such as expressing the illocutionary force of the utterance (e.g., the so-called mano a borsa or finger bunch (a gesture in which all fingers are extended and held together so that they are in contact with one another at their tips) is used in some discursive contexts to express an unspoken question). However, several issues remain unclear about how speech and gesture are deployed together as cohesive devices in connected discourse.

The aim of the workshop is therefore to promote a discussion about the interplay between speech and gesture in discourse construction, by bringing together scholars working on speech and/or gesture as cohesive devices from different perspectives.

Workshop Details:

It will consist of three sessions spread over one and a half days, followed by a closing discussion. Confirmed speakers are:

Emanuela Campisi, Università degli Studi di Catania, Italy
Sandra Debreslioska, Lund University, Sweden
Maria Graziano, Lund University Humanities Lab, Sweden
Marianne Gullberg, Lund University Humanities Lab, Sweden
Judith Holler, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Elena Levy, University of Connecticut, USA
Danielle Matthews, University of Sheffield, UK
Adam Kendon, University College London, UK
Elisabeth Engberg-Pedersen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Ted Sanders, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands


Participation is free of charge but seats are limited so registration is required. Refreshments in breaks are offered to all participants, but non-speakers will have to provide their own lunch.
Both students and researchers are welcome.

Deadline for Registration:

Register by 20 March 2017 by sending an email to:
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics
LL Issue: 28.845

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