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"Topics in the study of gesture" - Four seminars presented by Adam Kendon

Kelly Fagan Robinson

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“Gesture” (“utterance-dedicated visible action”) refers to the ‘visible actions’ that people employ when saying things to one another, whether in association with speech or separately from it. We discuss the relationship between gesture and speech; its relevance for questions about the nature and limits of the concept of language; how the semiotic character of gesture alters according to how it is used in relation to other utterance modalities; the processes by which action may be transformed into symbolic or linguistic expression; how this has been treated in theories of language origins.

February 13th - **PLEASE NOTE: We apologise but there is no BSL interpreter available for this session - interpreters have been provided for the other three seminars
Seminar 1: The domain of “gesture” and a history of its study.
February 27th
Seminar 2: Gesture in collaboration with speech.
March 6th
Seminar 3: “Gesture”, “Sign” and the “language boundary”
March 13th
Seminar 4: Gesture in language origins theories

Adam Kendon was educated at Cambridge University (biology and experimental psychology), and at Oxford University (D. Phil., 1963). Kendon's interests include the study of communication conduct in face-to-face interaction and the study of gesture and sign languages and how these relate to spoken language. He has received research funds from the National Science Foundation, Washington, D. C. (twice), the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research of New York (three awards), and has been a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Kendon has held research posts at Oxford University, University of Pittsburgh, Bronx State Hospital, New York, The Australian National University, the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander Studies, Indiana University and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen. He has held teaching appointments at the University of Oxford, Cornell University, Connecticut College, the University of Pennsylvania, University of Naples  “Orientale”, and the University of Calabria. He is editor of the journal GESTURE, published since 2001 by John Benjamins of Amsterdam. He currently holds an Honourary Professorial appointment at UCL.*

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Daryll Forde Seminar Room, 2nd Floor
14 Taviton St
United Kingdom

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Kelly Fagan Robinson

PhD Candidate Social and Cultural Anthropology,
Department of Anthropology,
University College London (UCL),
14 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW,
United Kingdom

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