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LINGUIST List 23.1106

Mon Mar 05 2012

Calls: Pragmatics, Semantics, Psycholing, Cognitive Sci/Poland

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Date: 04-Mar-2012
From: Maciej Karpiński <maciej.karpinskiamu.edu.pl>
Subject: Multimodality in Interpersonal Communication
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Full Title: Multimodality in Interpersonal Communication

Date: 08-Sep-2012 - 10-Sep-2012
Location: Poznan, Poland
Contact Person: Maciej Karpiński
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://ifa.amu.edu.pl/plm/2012/

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 15-Apr-2012

Meeting Description:

43rd Poznań Linguistic Meeting 2012 Thematic Session
Multimodality in Interpersonal Communication: Empirical Evidence and Theoretical Explanation
PLM2012 web page: http://ifa.amu.edu.pl/plm/2012/
PLM2012 dates: 8-10 September 2012

Session Convener: Cornelia Mueller
Session organisation supported by: DiaGest Research Group, CSLP AMU
Language of the Session: English

An increasing number of studies in human communication adopts a holistic approach and tends to encompass more than only the spoken component of interaction. Hand gestures, head and body movements, gaze direction as well as other components of the visible behaviour may also significantly contribute to the semantic content and pragmatic functions of messages as well as to the dynamics of communication.

There is strong evidence that gesture and speech are linked due to their common intentional source. Speech and gestures occur in synchrony which can be observed both on the level of the 'physical realisation' (e.g., articulatory gestures and hand gestures) but also on the level of message structure and meaning. The presence of gesture and facial expression in multimodal utterances produced in absence of their potential addressees or out of reach of their vision suggests the permanent nature of the relation between gesture and speech and compulse to treat them jointly in the linguistic studies of communication. Nevertheless, although gestures and speech share many properties and closely co-exist, they remain different and these differences should be studied with special attention and care.

The interest in gesture as a component of utterance can be dated back to ancient rhetorics but its systematic study in the context of communication has only emerged in recent decades. Therefore, very fundamental issues related to data collection, processing and annotation are still debated along with various modelling attempts and emerging theoretical explanations. This makes the field especially interesting and rapidly growing. Its contribution to communication studies is even now obvious and significant.

The following key issues are expected to be touched upon in the session:

- Empirical data in the study of multimodal communication: Collection, processing, annotation and analysis
- Gesture and speech as means of conveying meaning in interpersonal communication
- Interactive aspects of gesture and speech
- Multimodality in communication: Towards a coherent theoretical framework

Call for Papers:

Submission format should follow the general guidelines for PLM2012. Please send your abstracts directly to Maciej Karpinski (maciej.karpinskiamu.edu.pl).

Deadline for Abstracts: 15 April
Acceptance/rejection notification: 15 May

Please note that these dates are different from those for regular contributions to PLM2012.

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