The Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften: EventsThursday, 11 February 2021, 11:00
Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften, Am Wingertsberg 4, 61348 Bad Homburg
Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften of Goethe-University
Fellow colloquium | Online
Cornelia Ebert (Goethe University)
»Speech is silver, gesture is golden – on the semantic contribution of speech-accompanying gestures«
Theoretical linguistic research has long focused on the analysis of spoken languages, either in their written or in their spoken form. This changed with William C. Stokoe’s pioneering work on sign languages in the 1960s, which paved the way for analyses of not only languages of the auditive-oral modality, but also of the visual-gestural modality. However, systematic formal linguistic investigations of interactions of speech and its accompanying visual means, i.e. gestures, have not been pursued until very recently – although gesture has always been an important and well-researched topic of interest in other fields such as psychology, neurosciences, or semiotics.
In my talk, I will briefly outline the pre-eminence of gesture in language, acquisition, cognitive development, and learning and sketch my own formal semantic view on gesture-speech interactions. I will show that gestures can contribute additional meaning to a verbal utterance and present experimental results showing that the temporal alignment of gesture and speech plays a crucial role in determining a gesture’s meaning.
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