2017 Jan 26

Kate Davidson (Harvard linguistics)

Date: 

Thursday, January 26, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

WJH 765

Combining continuous and discrete representations in speech, sign, and gesture

Human language is infinitely productive because it makes use of discrete symbolic representations that can combine with each other to form new structures with new meanings. This is equally true of spoken languages and sign languages, but the latter have often been considered to include additional levels of continuous/depictive representations, which are typically outside the domain of traditional linguistic analysis. In this talk I will discuss a series of experimental studies which show that these are naturally compared to combination of spoken language plus gesture, and then discuss formal semantic models of how continuous and discrete representations compose in several examples of sign+gesture and speech+gesture.

2017 Feb 23

Pooja Paul (Harvard)

Date: 

Thursday, February 23, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

WJH 765
2017 Apr 13

Maureen Ritchey (BC)

Date: 

Thursday, April 13, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

WJH 765
2017 Apr 20

Shari Liu (Harvard)

Date: 

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

WJH 765
2017 Apr 27

Nick Chater (Warwick)

Date: 

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

WJH 765