Talk is Multimodal


Course Objective

Goals of the course:
• 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 Content

Course contents: This 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

Teaching Methods

Course structure: Lectures, presentations, discussions. Class meetings
for two hours, two times per week.

Method of Assessment

Forms 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%)
Students must receive a passing grade on the final paper and an overall
average of at least 5.5 in order to pass the course.

Entry Requirements

Some basic background in linguistics and sufficient proficiency in
academic English to engage in active discussion and writing about the
analysis of English.


Journal articles and book chapters will be made available to students.

Target Audience

MA students Communication and Information Studies; Research Master's
students in Linguistics.

Additional Information

This course will be taught in English.

Recommended background knowledge

An interest in the relation of language use to cognition is welcome but
not required.

General Information

Course Code L_ETMACIW003
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator prof. dr. A.J. Cienki
Examiner prof. dr. A.J. Cienki
Teaching Staff prof. dr. A.J. Cienki

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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