English; General Linguistics, Pragmatics, Psycholinguistics, Semantics, Syntax

Country: United Kingdom

City: London

Abstr. due: 01.03.2020

Dates: 02.09.20 — 02.09.20

Area Of Sciences: Humanities;

Organizing comittee e-mail: https://new.linguistlist.org/about/

Organizers: Patrick G. Grosz & Sarah Zobel (University of Oslo)

 

       Gestures have become a core area of investigation in 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). At the same time, there are evident connection points where super linguistic research on gestures meets with formal linguistic research on traditional objects of study. Two such connection points are, for example, the domain of pronouns, demonstratives, and other referential expressions (see Kaplan 1989, Carlson 2004, Büring 2011, Elbourne 2013 for relevant background and the role of ostension) and the investigation of prosody, intonation, and discourse structuring (see Krifka 2008, Féry & Ishihara 2016, Beaver et al. 2017 for relevant background). In connection with the latter, we know that gestures are highly sensitive to information structural properties. For instance, beat gestures are generally reported to directly encode prosody and prominence, but, much more generally, most speech-accompanying gestures (including spontaneous iconic gestures) are aligned with the focus constituent in a given sentence. And beyond information structure, gestures can be used to mark speech acts and discourse moves (such as the canceling of a presupposition), especially when we use a broader definition of gestures that includes facial expressions.

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