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LINGUIST List 19.418

Tue Feb 05 2008

Confs: General Linguistics/Germany

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        1.    Ulrike Wrobel, Gestures: A Comparison of Signed and Spoken Languages

Message 1: Gestures: A Comparison of Signed and Spoken Languages
Date: 05-Feb-2008
From: Ulrike Wrobel <wrobeldaf.uni-muenchen.de>
Subject: Gestures: A Comparison of Signed and Spoken Languages
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Gestures: A Comparison of Signed and Spoken Languages

Date: 27-Feb-2008 - 29-Feb-2008
Location: Bamberg, Germany
Contact: Ulrike Wrobel
Contact Email: wrobeldaf.uni-muenchen.de

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

Movements of the hands are an important part of natural communication.
Since the scholarly interest in issues of social interaction and spoken
language began to grow in the 1960s, spoken language linguists and
psychologists have described these parts of language as 'gestures'. Yet
their function appeared to be limited to accompanying speech: Gestures were
analysed as secondary articulation movements for a long time. From the beginning
of sign language linguistics, however, it was clear that these ideas would not
hold for the movements of the hand used to speak there: Articulating language by
visible movements of the hands is of course elementary to all signed languages.

In the 80s it was discovered that the communicative potential of manual
movements in spoken language goes further beyond accompanying language:Gestures
were no longer regarded as carrying additive information, but were recognized as
forming a core part of the shared communication process, even as forming part of
language itself. The spreading interest into these properties of gesture
provided grounds for the foundation of the
International Gesture Society and the launching of an interdisciplinary journal
called "Gesture".

The workshop intends to focus on the consequences the two modalities afford for
the concept of gestures: How are gestures analysed in signed and spoken
languages? The following topics might be addressed:

Transcription systems for movements of the hands
Differences and similarities in movements of the hands in gestures and signs
The nature of gestures and signs
Semantic constitution of gestures and signs
Lexical problems concerning movements of the hands
Morphophonological and syntactical uses of gestures and signs
Gestures and signs as cognitive units
Origo and deixis in signed and spoken languages
Visual qualities of (narrative) perspectives, positions, viewpoints and
communicative roles.

Other topics are also welcome: The purpose of the workshop is to review the
concept of gesture for spoken and signed language by contrasting them. The
desirable aim of the workshop is a concerted appreciation of common
notions, terms, concepts, approaches and theories.

30th Annual Convention of the German Society of Linguistics
Bamberg (27.-29.2.2008)

Workshop 11

Gestures: A comparison of signed and spoken languages
Ulrike Wrobel, Cornelia Mueller, Jens Hessmann



Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Konrad Ehlich (München/ Berlin, Germany)
Nonverbal - international? Oder von der vermeintlichen Universalität der Gestik
und ihren universal-theoretischen Gründen

Adam Kendon (Philadelphia, Naples, USA/ Italy)
Some reflections on 'gesture' and 'sign'

Gisela Fehrmann (University of Cologne, Germany)
Shifters: The gestural dimension of symbolic reference in German Sign language

Jennie Pyers (Wellesley College, Boston, USA), Pamela Perniss (MPI for
Psycholinguistics and Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands), Karen
Emmorey (San Diego State University, San Diego, USA)
Viewpoint in the visual-spatial modality

coffee break

Pamela Perniss, Asli Özyürek (MPI for Psycholinguistics and Radboud University
Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
A cross-linguistic comparison of co-speech gesture and sign: Constraints on the
visual-spatial modality in representations of motion events

Mieke Van Herreweghe (Ghent University, Belgium), Myriam Vermeerbergen Research
Foundation - Flanders/ Universiteit van Amsterdam/ University of the Free State,
Belgium/ The Netherlands)
Referent tracking in two unrelated sign languages and in home systems

David Quinto-Pozos (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA), Fey
Parrill (Case Western Reserve University, USA)
Enactment as a communicative strategy: A comparison between English co-speech
gesture and American Sign Language

Renate Fischer/ Simon Kollien (University of Hamburg, Germany)
Sound symbolism in GSL?

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Sherman Wilcox (University of New Mexico, USA)
Two Routes from Gesture to Language

Ronnie B. Wilbur, Evguenia Malaia (Purdue University, Sign Language Linguistics
Research Laboratory, USA)
From Encyclopedic Semantics to Grammatical Aspects: Converging Evidence From ASL
and Co-Speech Gestures

Cornelia Mueller (European University Viadrina, Germany)
Creating gestures and signs: gestural modes of representation and classifiers in

Dorothea Cogill-Koez (Language and Cognition Research Centre University of New
England, Australia)
Reanalysing gesture in terms of channel, representational principle, and
structural level: A common ground beneath signed and spoken communication systems?

coffee break

Christian Rathmann (University of Bristol, England)
Iconicity, Lexicalization and Grammaticization: Implications for Sign vs. Gesture

Jana Bressem, Silva Ladewig (VW-Project ''Towards a Grammar of Gesture'',
European University Viadrina, Germany)
Discovering structures in gestures on the basis of the four parameters of Sign

Gaurav Mathur (Gallaudet University Washington D.C., USA)
Does gesture have phonology? Insights from signed languages

Friday, February 29, 2008

Susanne Tag (VW-Project ''Towards a Grammar of Gesture'', European University
Viadrina, Germany)
Simultaneity in Co-speech Gestures

Paula Marentette, Elena Nicoladis (University of Alberta, Canada)
Iconicity and simultaneity in the gesture-language link: A comparison of ASL
signers and English speakers

Myriam Vermeerbergen (Research Foundation - Flanders/ Universiteit van
Amsterdam/University of the Free State, Belgium/ The Netherlands), Eline Demey
(Ghent University, Belgium)
Sign + Gesture = Speech + Gesture? Comparing Aspects of Simultaneity in Flemish
Sign Language to Instances of Concurrent Speech and Gesture

coffee break

Phyllis Perrin Wilcox (University of New Mexico, USA)
Substantiation of Metonymy in American Sign Language

Irene Mittelberg (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Contiguity relationships within and across semiotic modes: A Jakobsonian
perspective on metonymy

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