LINGUIST List 29.933

Tue Feb 27 2018

Confs: Applied Linguistics/Poland

Editor for this issue: Kenneth Steimel <>

Date: 26-Feb-2018
From: Anna Jelec <>
Subject: Encoding/decoding affect in communication
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Encoding/decoding affect in communication

Date: 24-Sep-2018 - 26-Sep-2018
Location: Poznan, Poland
Contact: Kamila Dębowska-Kozłowska
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Meeting Description:

Both cognitive and affective content need to be factored in to account for the many facets of communication. This session is aimed at providing a forum for a multidisciplinary discussion on empirical and theoretical aspects of how affect and language interact in communication. We are interested in putting together the varying modalities and modes of expressing and processing affective meaning.

We want to explore how the linguistic content is combined with the affective content in the study of multimodal communication that involves both affective encoding and affective cognition. When communicating people encode the foremost contents of their minds, thoughts and feelings into multimodal repertoire of cues: verbal, vocal and visual (face- and body-language). Communication relies on the complex multimodal systems of meaning encoded and expressed via these diverse modalities of verbal and nonverbal signs. Affective cognition, i.e. the use of domain-general reasoning for processing affective content that is situation specific, is part of communicative decoding. Emotional cue integration is thus seen as a part of inferential processing that relies on multimodal contextual cues. Our session aims to investigate these diverse communicative modalities employed to communicative means in meaning-sharing, and meaning-making.

Since we delve into a truly interdisciplinary field of investigation with a vast array of methods applied to its studying, we encourage contributions from linguistics and beyond as long as they are probing the means and modes of affective communication and its comprehension. Multidisciplinary research frameworks employing multimodal data, verbal, visual, paralinguistic, audio and audio-visual are are welcome.

Possible foci include:

- Verbal and non-verbal signs of communication of affective meanings (e.g., kinesics, gestures)
- Verbal and vocal cues in affective communication
- Affect/language interactions in L1/L2

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