LINGUIST List 32.286

Thu Jan 21 2021

Calls: Lang Acquisition/Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 21-Jan-2021
From: Núria Esteve-Gibert <>
Subject: Acquisition at the interface between prosody, gesture, and pragmatics
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Full Title: Acquisition at the interface between prosody, gesture, and pragmatics

Date: 23-Jun-2021 - 23-Jun-2021
Location: (Virtual) Barcelona, Spain
Contact Person: Núria Esteve-Gibert
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Call Deadline: 01-Feb-2021

Meeting Description:

Núria Esteve Gibert (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya)
Aoju Chen (Utrecht University)
Pilar Prieto (ICREA – Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

Speakers use speech prosody to structure information in the discourse and to express their pragmatic intent (i.e. illocutionary force, epistemic stance, appropriate register, non-literality, turn-taking). Body gestures seem to serve parallel discourse and pragmatic functions, and they are temporally synchronized with prosodic structure. In development, the role of prosody has been studied mainly at early stages, where infants use their early sensitivity to prosodic features to parse words and phrases from the speech stream. Body gestures (like pointing gestures) are also found to be important in early communication, especially during the pre-lexical stage. Despite the common idea that prosody and body gestures are relevant in (and for) language development, we still lack a comprehensive description of how prosody and body gestures jointly work in the development of pragmatics, at various developmental stages, and with distinct populations.

In this workshop we intend to contribute to the discussion of how speech prosody and body gestures develop, and to the possibility that prosody and/or gestures are driving forces in language acquisition. Ultimately, present and future empirical evidence should be used to consider the potential inclusion of speech prosody and body gestures in language acquisition models.

- Infants’ and children’s use of prosody and/or body gestures in pragmatic development and, more broadly, in L1 and L2 language development
- The integration of prosody and gestures in populations with language and communication disorders
- Individual differences in infants’ and children’s use of prosody and/or gestures in language and communication
- The preceding and predicting value of speech prosody and/or body gestures in the development of other linguistic milestones, especially pragmatic milestones
- Cross-cultural differences in infants’ and children’s use of prosody and/or body gestures

Registration is free of charge by filling-in this online form:

Call for Papers:

Submission information is the same as for the general PaPE conference (more info here:

All abstracts will be reviewed by two members of the scientific committee. The scientific committee will be experts in the field of prosody and/or gesture and/or pragmatics.

Please send your contributions to the following email no later than 1 February 2021:

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