LINGUIST List 32.2496

Tue Jul 27 2021

Calls: Pragmatics/Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 27-Jul-2021
From: Alexandra Groß <>
Subject: Facial Gestures in Social Interaction - 2nd International Workshop
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Full Title: Facial Gestures in Social Interaction - 2nd International Workshop

Date: 07-Oct-2021 - 09-Oct-2021
Location: Bayreuth (the virtual space via Zoom), Germany
Contact Person: Alexandra Groß
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 01-Sep-2021

Meeting Description:

For this workshop, to be held in the virtual space via zoom, forms and functions of facial gestures as parts of multimodal practices will be at the center of interest. Focusing on the “interactive face”, we are including the whole repertoire of positions and movements of eyelids, eyebrows, lips and tongue, cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin (not included are movements of the head as such and gaze).

Taking it a step further from the 1st workshop which took place in Bayreuth in January 2020 (see the workshop report of Alt 2020:, this 2nd workshop will take up and expand questions of how facial gestures as co-speech and stand-alone elements contribute to turn construction, how they help in organizing turn-taking and displaying recipiency, and how interlocutors use their faces to come to a mutual understanding.

Call for Papers:

Relevant questions for presentations can be:
- In what contexts do facial gestures essentially contribute to constituting multimodal practices?
- How do facial gestures come into play for displaying participation in an ongoing interaction (e.g., affiliation, recipiency)?
- What role do facial movements (beyond gaze) play for turn structuring and turn-taking?
- How can differences in using the face within a conversation be traced to a cultural account of display rules (Ekman & Friesen 1969)?

Furthermore, the workshop will continue discussions regarding methodological and technological questions:
- How can we describe the interactive function of facial gestures using the methodological repertoire of Conversation Analysis/Interactional Linguistics/Multimodal Analysis?
- How can we transcribe facial movements adequately?
- What technology can we use to record facial movements?

Forms of Presentation:
- Presentation (25min presentation, 20min discussion)
- Data session (60min)

Please send your abstracts (max. 350 words, in German or English) on or before 1 September 2021 to Alexandra Groß ( and Carolin Dix (

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