Tid: Torsdagen den 1 Juni 2017, kl. 15:00-17:00
Plats: C307, Södra huset, Frescati

Seminarium kommer att hållas på engelska, teckenspråkstolkar finns.

Postseminarium följer direkt efter seminariet i institutionens pentry.

We all gesture when we speak, coordinating speech and gestures in sophisticated, culture-, and language-specific ways. Although communication and language behaviour is bimodal, studies of language acquisition and bilingualism still generally see gestures merely as compensatory devices of little theoretical interest. Yet, gestures offer new ways of looking at old theoretical questions. In this talk I focus on discourse cohesion, a challenging area for L2 users at several levels. For example, at early stages L2 users have difficulties formally linking information about entities and events. They form chains of lexical nouns (the woman–the woman) instead of alternating nouns and pronouns (the woman–she). This pattern has been suggested to form a so-called learner variety trait, found in many learners independently of source and target language. I first briefly exemplify how native speakers deploy speech and gesture to achieve discourse cohesion, and then move on to L2 users to show how bimodal analyses can shed new light on questions concerning communicative and psycholinguistic constraints on L2 discourse. I discuss some of the challenges of considering bimodal language use, and outline why I nevertheless think we should do so.

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Josefina Safar och Ljuba Veselinova