LINGUIST List 31.216

Thu Jan 16 2020

Confs: English; General Linguistics, Pragmatics, Psycholinguistics, Semantics, Syntax/Greece

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Date: 14-Jan-2020
From: Patrick Georg Grosz <>
Subject: Speech-Accompanying Gestures - Current Empirical and Theoretical Advances
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Speech-Accompanying Gestures - Current Empirical and Theoretical Advances
Short Title: CreteLing-Gestures

Date: 22-Jul-2020 - 22-Jul-2020
Location: Rethymnon, Crete, Greece
Contact: Patrick Georg Grosz
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Syntax

Subject Language(s): English

Meeting Description:

We are pleased to announce the workshop ''Speech-Accompanying Gestures - Current Empirical and Theoretical Advances'', which will take place on July 22, 2020 in Rhetymnon, Crete (Greece).

The workshop is organized by Patrick G. Grosz & Sarah Zobel (University of Oslo) and it will be hosted by the University of Crete, as part of the 4th Crete Summer School of Linguistics (CreteLing2020).

Workshop Description:

The workshop focuses on the empirical and theoretical investigation of speech-accompanying gestures (see e.g., McNeill 1992, 2005; Kendon 1972, 2004; Abner et al. 2015), as well as its extensions to other communicational media (e.g., emojis, see Gawne & McCulloch 2019, Cohn et al. 2019, Bai et al. 2019). The main research questions connected to these phenomena include the study of their production and meaning contribution, as well as their interaction with the linguistic signals that they accompany (both signed and spoken). In addition, recent linguistic work discusses how these interactions should be captured in formal linguistic models (see Lascarides & Stone 2009, Ebert & Ebert 2014, Schlenker 2018, Esipova 2019), contributing to the emerging field of super linguistics, which applies formal linguistic methodology to non-standard objects of study (using 'super' in its original Latinate meaning 'beyond', see Schlenker & Patel-Grosz 2018). Although significant theoretical and empirical advances have been made in the last decades (see Abner et al. 2015, Goldin-Meadow & Brentari 2017), only a fraction of the empirical domain has been explored so far, and many discussions of fundamental theoretical issues have not reached a consensus.

This workshop aims to bring together researchers working on different aspects of the connection between linguistic and gestural communication: the empirical study of speech-accompanying gestures (including cross-cultural and cross-linguistic variation, e.g., Kita & Özyürek 2003, Kita 2009, Özçalışkan et al. 2016, Ortega & Özyürek 2019), their formal analysis, as well as its extensions.


Cornelia Ebert (Goethe University of Frankfurt)
Masha Esipova (Princeton University)
Patrick Georg Grosz (University of Oslo) & Francesco Pierini (École normale supérieure)
Aslı Özyürek (Radboud University / MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen)
Philippe Schlenker (Institut Jean-Nicod, CNRS; New York University)

Selected References:

- Abner, N. et al. (2015). Gesture for Linguists: A Handy Primer, Language and Linguistics Compass 9, 437-451.
- Bai, Q., et al. (2019). A Systematic Review of Emoji: Current Research and Future Perspectives. Frontiers in Psychology 10.
- Ebert, C., & C. Ebert (2014) Gestures, demonstratives, and the attributive/referential distinction. Slides from a talk given at Semantics and Philosophy in Europe (SPE 7).
- Esipova, M. (2019). Composition and projection in speech and gesture. PhD dissertation, New York University.
- Fenlon, J. et al. (2019). Comparing sign language and gesture: Insights from pointing. Glossa - a journal of general linguistics 4, 2.1-26.
- Jensenius, A. R. et al. (2010). Musical gestures: concepts and methods in research. In R. I. Godøy & M. Leman (eds.): Musical gestures: Sound, movement, and meaning. New York: Routledge, 12-35.
- Ortega, G. & A. Özyürek (2019). Types of iconicity and combinatorial strategies distinguish semantic categories in silent gesture across cultures. Language and Cognition.
- Schlenker, P. (2018). Gesture projection and cosuppositions. Linguistics & Philosophy 41, 295-365.
- Schlenker, P., & P. Patel-Grosz (2018). What is Super Linguistics? Presentation at workshop ''Super Linguistics - an introduction'', University of Oslo, 10th December 2018.

Call for Posters:

We invite contributions for poster presentations. Possible topics for posters include (but are not limited to):

- theoretical and empirical approaches to speech-accompanying gestures (in the broadest possible sense) and (non-grammaticalized) facial expressions, both in signed and spoken languages
- silent gestures
- gestures in non-human animals
- emojis as gestures
- musical gestures (especially sound-accompanying gestures and movements that may or may not be communicative; see Jensenius et al. 2010)
- communicative body movement (e.g., dance; emotional display of athletes; see Sandler 2018)
- cross-cultural and cross-linguistic variation in gestures.

Please send a 1-page abstract to by February 29, 2020. (References are not included in the page count.) Please provide the author(s) name(s), affiliation(s) and contact details in the main body of the email.

Email for abstract submissions:

Notification of acceptance will be sent out in March 2020.

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