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Gesture and Speech in Interaction - GeSpIn 2019

The uniqueness of previous GESPIN meetings comprises the strong coordination of gestures with speech (including its prosodical, phonological, lexical, morpho-syntactical, semantic as well as pragmatic properties).
This 6th GeSpIn Conference in 2019 will focus on the heterogeneity of this coordination.

It will take place at Paderborn University from Sept 11 - 13, 2019.

Keynote Speaker:

* Şeyda Özçalışkan (Georgia State University, USA)
* Pilar Prieto (ICREA-Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Catalunya)
* Petra Wagner (Bielefeld University, Germany)
* Alexis Heloir (Université Polytechnique des Hauts de France, France)

Topics and related questions:

  • Development of gesture-speech coordination: Can general principles of development be identified? Are there sensitive periods and developmental stages?
  • Individual differences in coordinating speech and gestures: Are there developmental differences beyond infancy / childhood? How do various population groups (elder people, people with autism spectrum disorders, people with cognitive or language impairments) coordinate gesture and speech?
  • Benefits of multimodal coordination for learning in individuals and in a variety of settings: Are there forms of coordination that universally scaffold learning processes?
  • Coding challenges to account for different ways of coordinating gesture and speech: What are the established practices and how they cope with heterogeneity of gesture-speech coordination?
  • Computational models dealing with heterogenous data and/or generating behavior that differs across, for example, situation or addressees: What aspects of heterogeneity are considered so far and for what purpose?
  • Cross-cultural differences on gesture-speech coordination: Is development following a universal paths that is culturally shaped? How do cultural groups differ in the ways they coordinate gestures and speech?
  • Heterogeneity across situations and contexts: Do situations differ due to familiarity with the environment or interlocutors? Do communicative genres require specific types of coordination?
Conference organizers

Prof. Dr. Katharina J. Rohlfing
Dr. Angela Grimminger
Ulrich Mertens

Die Universität der Informationsgesellschaft