Course Objective• to consider the ways in which spoken discourse involves multiple
modalities of production and reception
• to be introduced to some principles of transcribing speech and gesture
as audio-visual communication
• to learn about the roles of physical positioning and eye gaze in
• to learn about the different functions of gesture with speech
• to consider what can be inferred from empirical studies about
cognitive processes related to language use
• to explore research topics based on the analysis of talk as multimodal
Course ContentThis course is concerned with spoken language and on the fact that
language use is part of an embodied experience. Speakers and listeners
are engaged in production and comprehension processes that involve not
just speaking and hearing, but also moving and (in most cases) seeing.
Spoken language use is therefore physical, cognitive, social, and
cultural in nature. Cross-linguistic/cross-cultural comparisons based on
languages spoken by students in the class will be welcome.
Teaching MethodsLectures, presentations, discussions. Class meetings for two hours two
times per week.
Method of Assessment• Attendance and participation in discussion of the readings (10%)
• Two presentations in class (22%)
• Three short essays (33%)
• Final paper of about 3500 words (35%)
Entry RequirementsSome basic background in linguistics and sufficient proficiency in
academic English to engage in active discussion and writing about the
analysis of English.
LiteratureJournal articles and book chapters will be made available to students.
Target AudienceMA students Communication and Information Studies; Research Master's
students in Linguistics
Additional InformationThis course will be taught in English.
Recommended background knowledgeAn interest in the relation of language use to cognition is welcome but
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Humanities|
|Course Coordinator||prof. dr. A.J. Cienki|
|Examiner||prof. dr. A.J. Cienki|
prof. dr. A.J. Cienki
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|Teaching Methods||Seminar, Lecture|
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