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Workshops and conferences 2020

Workshop Partitivity

6 February 2020, University of Zurich

11-12 Pavel Caha (Masaryk University) : Partitives come, partitives go (PDF, 153 KB)
12.15-13.45 Lunch (Sento)
14-15 Natascha Pomino (Bergische Universität Wuppertal) : French presposition- determiner portmanteaux with mass nouns (PDF, 125 KB)
15-18 Discussion/work
19.30 Dinner

Symposium on Multimodal Im/politeness: Gesture, Sign and Spatial Configurations

23 October 2020, University of Zurich

In face-to-face interaction communication is intrinsically multimodal. While im/politeness for many years has been studied in a unilinear fashion, recent years have seen the emergence of a vibrant interest in multimodal components of im/politeness, such as prosody, gesture and bodily signals and also non-manual features in sign language. The goal of this symposium is to bring together researchers whose work focuses on multimodal aspects of im/politeness and who work in the areas of pragmatics in general, pragmatic development, gesture and multimodality, sign language, social psychology, language and space, and language and cognition. It will be an opportunity to share the latest research on multimodal aspects of im/politeness and to advance new insights in the field of im/politeness studies.

More details can be found here.

Zurich Online School in Multimodal Interaction Analysis (ZOSMIA)

 09-12. November 2020

Even though it has become something of a popular commonplace that the human species can be characterized by its ability to use language - and specifically verbal language, human interaction has always been a fundamentally multimodal undertaking. It is only relatively recently, however, that research on social interaction has started to abandon its bias towards spoken language and begun to address interaction from a more multimodal perspective. The inclusion of multiple modalities (gaze, gestures, body positioning, etc. as well as spoken language) in the analysis of interactions in everyday settings has provided a deeper and more complex understanding of numerous aspects of human interaction. What is more, research has also become interested in the connections between interactions and the space in which they take place: This is why questions such as how participants mobilize spatial resources in interaction or how built spaces might make certain types of interaction more likely to occur than others have become prominent in recent years.

The focus of the Zurich Online School in Multimodal Interaction Analysis (ZOSMIA) 2020 was on the interactional achievement of space and the participants’ use of bodily resources, such as gaze and gestures, in concert with verbality in doing so. Some of the questions that we discussed are: How is the human body implicated in space, communication, social organization? How do the participants co-orient their perception, coordinate their actions, and co-operate in joint activities? How can we understand the phenomenon of multiactivity in social interaction? How do these aspects contribute to the establishment and maintenance of an interactional space? And: Is there a ‘boundary’ between language and the body and if so, where does it lie?

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