Iris Hübscher

Iris Hübscher, Dr.

Postdoctoral researcher

FFG Interactional Spaces

Phone: +41 44 63 40222

Address: Freiestrasse 16, 8032 Zürich

Room number: FRF E-2

iriscarmela.huebscher@uzh.ch

Website

I joined the URPP Language and Space in September 2018 as a postdoctoral investigator. My research focuses on human multimodal communication. In particular, I am interested in how different pragmatic factors influence the interplay between prosody, gesture and speech and how children learn to coordinate these different levels of representations present in multimodal face-to-face interaction in order to become pragmatically competent members of their community. Also, taking a cross-cultural perspective, my research focuses on possible similarities and differences in adults' and children's interpersonal positioning in social interactions.

Please also see my personal webpage: https://irishuebscher.weebly.com/ and my Research Gate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Iris_Huebscher

Background

2014-2018 PHD in linguistics at Department of Translation and Language Science at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Catalonia / Spain)
2016 Visiting scholar at the Max Planck of Psycholinguistics (Netherlands)
2015 Visiting scholar at the Ohio State University (USA)
2012 Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
2011-2012 MA at Lancaster University (UK):General Linguistics (Master thesis: Apologising in Pluricentric German: A Comparison of Swiss German, German German and Austrian German)
2008 Exchange semester at University of New England (UNE) in Armidale, NSW, Australia: General Linguistics
2007-2011 BA at University of Zurich (CH): English Language and Linguistics,General History and Anthropology

Publications

Journal papers (JCR)

 

Hübscher, I., Garufi, M., Prieto, P. (2019). The development of polite stance in preschoolers: how prosody, gesture and body cues pave the way. Journal of Child Language. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0305000919000126

Armstrong, M., Esteve-Gibert, N., Hübscher, I., Igualada, A., & Prieto, P. (2018). Developmental and cognitive aspects of children’s disbelief comprehension through intonation and facial gesture. First Language, 38(6), 596–616. https://doi.org/10.1177/0142723718789278

Hübscher, I., Borràs, J., & Prieto, P. (2017). Prosodic mitigation characterizes Catalan formal speech: the Frequency Code reassessed. Journal of Phonetics 65, 145-159.

Hübscher, I., Esteve-Gibert, N., Igualada, A., & Prieto, P. (2017). Intonation and gesture as bootstrapping devices in speaker uncertainty. First Language 37(1), 24-41.

Book chapters and proceedings papers

 

Pronina, M., Hübscher, I., Vilà-Giménez, I., & Prieto, P. (2019) A new tool to assess pragmatic prosody in children: evidence from 3- to 4-year-olds. Proceedings of the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS).

Hübscher, I., Garufi, M., & Prieto, P. (2018). Preschoolers use prosodic mitigation strategies to encode polite stance. Proceedings of the Speech Prosody 2016. Poznań (Poland).

Armstrong, M. & Hübscher, I. (2018). Children’s development of internal state prosody. In P. Prieto & N. Esteve-Gibert (Eds.), Prosodic Development in First Language Acquisition. John Benjamins.

Hübscher, I., Wagner, L., & Prieto, P. (2016). Young children’s sensitivity to polite stance expressed through audiovisual prosody in requests. Proceedings of the Speech Prosody 2016. Boston, MA (USA).

See personal webpage for papers in press or under revision.

Presentations

Presentations at conferences


2019

Pronina, M., Hübscher, I., Vilà-Gimenéz, I., Prieto, P. (2019). A new tool to assess pragmatic prosody in children: evidence from 3- to 4-year-olds. International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS) 2019, August 5-9. (poster)

Pronina, M., Hübscher, I., Holler, J., Prieto, P. (2019). Teaching children to enact mental states and emotions improves their pragmatic skills. Child Language Symposium 2019, University of Sheffield, Sheffield (UK), July 10-12. (oral)

Pronina, M., Hübscher, I., Vilà-Gimenéz, I., Prieto, P. (2019). Assessing pragmatic prosody in 3- to 4-year-old children. 3rdPhonetics and Phonology in Europe. Università del Salento: Lecce (Italy), June 17-19. (poster)

Hübscher, I., Vincze, L., Prieto, P. (2019). Epistemic stance production in children and adults: an experimental approach. 16th International Pragmatics Conference (IPrA). The Hong Kong Polytecnic University: Hong Kong (China), June 9-14. (oral)
 

2018

Pronina, M., Hübscher, I, Holler, J. & Prieto, P. (2018). El efecto del entrenamiento multimodal en potenciar habilidades de toma de perspectiva y competencia    pragmática. 1º Congreso Internacional sobre didáctica de la lengua infantil. Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU): Leioa (Spain), November 14.

Pronina, M., Hübscher, I., Vilà-Giménez, I., Prieto, P. (2018). Avaluaciò d'habilitats pragmàtiques i prosòdiques dels nens en edat preescolar. X Workshop sobre la prosòdia del català. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona: Barcelona (Spain), June 28. (oral)

Hübscher, I., Garufi, M., Prieto, P. (2018). Preschoolers use prosodic mitigation strategies to encode polite stance. Speech prosody conference. Adam Mickiewicz University: Poznań (Poland), June 13-16. (oral)

Hübscher, I., Garufi, M., & Prieto, P. (2018). Catalan preschool children’s development of multimodal politeness. 8th International Symposium on Intercultural, Cognitive and   Social Pragmatics. University of Sevilla: Sevilla (Spain), May 2-4. (oral)

2017

Hübscher, I., Garufi, M. & Prieto, P. (2017). Preschoolers' multimodal production of politeness cues in requests. 15th International Pragmatics Conference. Belfast (Nothern Ireland), July 16-21. (oral)

Sánchez Conde, C., Hübscher, I. Vincze, L., Borràs-Comes, J. & Prieto, P. (2017). Gestural and prosodic attenuation strategies characterize formal register in Catalan requests. 15th International Pragmatics Conference. Belfast (Nothern Ireland), July 16-21. (oral)

Hübscher, I., Garufi, M. & Prieto, P. (2017). Adquisició de les peticions: una perspectiva multimodal. IX Workshop sobre la prosòdia del català. Universitat de Barcleona: Barcelona (Spain), July 4. (oral)

Sánchez-Conde, C., Hübscher, I. Vincze, L., Borràs-Comes, J. & Prieto, P. (2017). Estratègies d'atenuació gestual i pròsodica en el registre formal català. IX Workshop sobre la prosòdia del català. Universitat de Barcleona: Barcelona (Spain), July 4th. (oral)

Vincze, L., Hübscher, I. & Prieto, P. (2017). Anàlisi multimodal de la incertesa en català. IX Workshop sobre la prosòdia del català. Universitat de Barcleona: Barcelona (Spain), July 4th. (oral)

Hübscher, I. & Vincze, L. (2017). Young children’s communication and self-assessment of their (un)certainty. Language as a form of action conference. CNR, Rome (Italy), June 21-23. (poster)

Hübscher, I. & Prieto, P. (2017). How young children signal epistemic stance by means of gesture, face and prosody. iGesto’17. University of Porto, Porto (Portugal), Feb. 2-3. (oral)

2016

Hübscher, I. Vinzce, L., & Prieto, P. (2016). Epistemic meaning is first communicated through gesture, face and prosody. Workshop on Audiovisual Speech Processing and Language Learning. Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona (Spain), Nov. 28-29. (poster)

Hübscher, I., Wagner, L., Prieto, P. (2016). 3-year-olds’ sensitivity to a speaker’s polite stance through audio-visual prosody. VIIIth International Conference of Language Acquisition. University of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca (Spain), Sept. 7 -9. (oral)

Hübscher, I., Borràs-Comez, J., Prieto, P. (2016). Reassessment of the frequency code: prosody of polite requests in Catalan. Tone and Intonation in Europe (TIE). University of Kent: Canterbury (UK), Sept. 1-3. (oral)

Hübscher, I., Wagner, L., Prieto, P. (2016). Decoding the pragmatic meaning of polite requests through prosody and facial gestures: a study with 3-year-olds. Tone and Intonation in Europe (TIE). University of Kent: Canterbury (UK), Sept. 1-3. (poster)

Hübscher, I., & Prieto, P. (2016). Children’s early expression of epistemic stance through prosody and gesture. TIE Satellite Workshop on The role of prosody in conveying epistemic and evidential meaning. University of Kent: Canterbury (UK), Aug. 31. (oral) González-Fuente, S., Hübscher, I., & Prieto, P. (2016) Does emotional information conveyed   by gestures and prosody facilitate irony detection? 7th Conference of the International Society of Gesture Studies. Sorbonne Nouvelle University: Paris (France), July 18-22. Hübscher, I. (2016) Atenuació prosòdica i cortesia en català. VIII Workshop sobre la prosòdia del català. Universitat Pompeu Fabra: Barcelona (Spain), July 3. (oral)

Hübscher, I., Borràs, J. & Prieto, P. (2016). Prosodic attenuation in formal register in Catalan. Congreso Internacional de Atenuación Linguistica: perspectivas semánticas y  pragmáticas (CIAL). University of Valencia: Valencia (Spain). June 15 -17. (oral)

Hübscher, I., Wagner, L. & Prieto, P. (2016) Young children's sensitivity to polite stance expressed through audiovisual prosody in requests. Speech Prosody: Boston University: Boston (USA), May 31- June 3. (oral)

2015

Armstrong, M., Esteve-Gibert, N., Hübscher, I. & Prieto, P. (2015). Catalan speaking children’s multimodal perception of disbelief. UConn-UMass-Smith Language Acquisition Workshop (UUSLAW): Amherst (USA), November 7, (oral)

Hübscher, I., Esteve-Gibert, N., Igualada, A., & Prieto, P. (2015) Young children decode the pragmatic meaning of uncertainty through prosody and gestures. 14th International Pragmatics Conference. University of Antwerp: Antwerp (Belgium), July 26-31. (poster)

Hübscher, I., Esteve-Gibert, N., Igualada, A. & Prieto, P. (2015) Young children’s awareness of speaker uncertainty through prosody and gesture. Satellite event of Phonetics and Phonology in Europe: Workshop on prosodic development, University of Cambridge: Cambridge (UK), June 28- 31. (oral)

Hübscher, I., Esteve-Gibert, N., Igualada, A., & Prieto, P. (2015) The acquisition of audiovisual cues to uncertainty.  Workshop on Infant Language Development. Stockholm University: Stockholm (Sweden), June 10-12.

Hübscher, I., Borràs-Comes & Prieto, P. (2015). Correlats prosòdics de la cortesia en les peticions del català. VII Workshop sobre la prosòdia del català. Universitat de Barcleona: Barcelona (Spain), June 22. (oral)

2014

Hübscher, I., Esteve-Gibert, N., Igualada, A.& Prieto, P. (2014) Como comprenden los niños la expresión de incertidumbre: la contribución de gesto y habla. VI Congreso Internacional de Fonética Experimental. University of Valencia: Valencia (Spain). November 5-7. (oral)

Hübscher, I., Esteve - Gibert, N., Igualada, A., & Prieto, P. (2014). The role of gestural and speech cues in children's understanding of uncertainty. Laboratory Approaches to Romance Phonology Conference. Université d’Aix-Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (France), September 3-5. (poster)

Armstrong, M. and Hübscher, I. (2014). Child comprehension of disbelief encoded through intonation and gesture. International Association for the Study of Child Language (IASCL). University of Amsterdam: Amsterdam (The Netherlands), July 14-18. (oral)

Hübscher, I., Esteve-Gibert, N., Igualada, A., & Prieto, P. (2014) El paper de la gestualitat i la prosòdia en l'adquisició de la incertesa. Workshop sobre la prosòdia del català VI. Universitat de Barcelona: Barcelona (Spain), June 26. (oral)

Hübscher, I., Esteve-Gibert, N., Igualada Pérez, A. & Prieto, P. (2014). The role of gestural and speech cues in children's understanding of uncertainty. Poster presentation at Experimental Methods in Language Acquisition Research X (EMLAR X). Utrecht University: Utrecht (Netherlands), April 14-16. (poster)



Invited Talks

Hübscher, I. (2019). Multimodal politeness in face-to-face interaction. Universitat Pompeu Fabra: Barcelona (Catalunya). April 1st.

Hübscher, I. (2018). Catalan children's multimodal development: experimental evidence. Facultat de Ciències de l'Educació i Psicologia, Universitat Rovira i Virgili: Tarragona (Catalunya), November, 15.

Hübscher, I. (2017). Multimodal expression of epistemic stance by children and adults. UR-Ling Workshop, Universitat Pompeu Fabra: Bacrelona (Spain), June 15.

Hübscher, I. (2016). The role of prosody and (facial) gestures in children’s acquisition of stance marking. Multimodal Language and Cognition Lab. Max Planck Institute: Nijmegen (Netherlands), October, 6. Hübscher, I. (2015). 3-year-old's sensitivity to polite stance expressed through audiovisual prosody. Speer Lab. Ohio State University: Columbus (USA), November 13.

Hübscher, I. (2015). How prosody and gesture impact preschool children’s comprehension of uncertainty. UR-Ling Workshop, Universitat de Pompeu Fabra: Barcelona (Spain), May 21.

Teaching

Courses (co-)taught

At the University of Zurich

  • Introduction to Pragmatics (2019, BA-level, language: Spanish) 

At the Universitat Pompeu Fabra

  • Phonetics and Phonology (2017, MA-level, language: English).
  • Introduction to Communication (2017, BA-level, language: Spanish)
  • Linguistics (2016-2017, BA-level, language: English)
  • German language (2015-2017, BA-level, language: German)
  • Translation and editing (Spanish into German) (2015, BA-level, language: Spanish and German)