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Revitalizing Endangered Languages

Edited by Justyna Olko & Julia Sallabank

Revitalizing Endangered Languages "This guidebook provides ideas and strategies, as well as some background, to help with the effective revitalization of endangered languages. It covers a broad scope of themes including effective planning, benefits, wellbeing, economic aspects, attitudes and ideologies."

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Dissertation Information

Title: Relationship of Bodily Communication with Cognitive and Personality Variables Add Dissertation
Author: Ulas Gezgin Update Dissertation
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Institution: Middle East Technical University, Laboratory for Computational Studies of Language
Completed in: 2006
Linguistic Subfield(s): Cognitive Science;
Director(s): Bilge Say
Faruk Gencoz
Unsal Yetim
Deniz Zeyrek
Sukriye Ruhi

Abstract: Why are there individual differences in people’s bodily communication
performance success? Which variables may be responsible for the variation
in the performance success? Which analogies would appear to dominate in
bodily communication, and in what ways would the metaphorization and
metonymization processes operate? In this study, the relationship of bodily
communication performance with cognitive and personality variables was
investigated. 218 students participated to the first phase of the study
while 88 of them participated to the second phase of it. In the first
phase, a set of tests was given successively to determine the levels of
certain cognitive and personality variables. In the experimental setting,
the participants were instructed to communicate certain words one by one
nonverbally just as in the ‘Silent Movie’ game. The stability of bodily
communication expectancy ratings, the factor structure of bodily
communication performance and the frequency of the ways of representation
for each word were analyzed. Interrater reliability analysis, third eye
analysis and case studies were conducted; the unsuccessful representations
were described and finally, structural equation modeling results were
presented. The theories and research on personality and cognition,
metaphors, metonymies, analogies, bodily representations, mind-reading,
pragmatics and the notion of relevance were reviewed in the dissertation
and after the exposition of the strategies, schemata and scripts employed
in the experiments, a model of bodily communication was proposed aiming to
integrate the manifold aspects of bodily communication.