Joint BLN and Linguistics Colloquium by Kathryn Davidson (Harvard): Combining Continuous and Discrete Components in Speech, Sign, and Gesture

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Kathryn Davidson
February 7, 2020
3:55PM - 5:15PM
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Psychology 035

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Add to Calendar 2020-02-07 15:55:00 2020-02-07 17:15:00 Joint BLN and Linguistics Colloquium by Kathryn Davidson (Harvard): Combining Continuous and Discrete Components in Speech, Sign, and Gesture

Human language is infinitely productive because it makes use of discrete symbols 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 continuous/depictive components, which typically fall outside the domain of traditional linguistic analysis. In this talk I will discuss a series of experimental studies which argue that several candidates for depictive components in sign languages can be naturally compared to combinations of spoken language plus gesture, and then discuss formal semantic models of how continuous and discrete pieces compose in several examples of sign+gesture and speech+gesture.

Psychology 035 Department of Linguistics linguistics@osu.edu America/New_York public
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Human language is infinitely productive because it makes use of discrete symbols 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 continuous/depictive components, which typically fall outside the domain of traditional linguistic analysis. In this talk I will discuss a series of experimental studies which argue that several candidates for depictive components in sign languages can be naturally compared to combinations of spoken language plus gesture, and then discuss formal semantic models of how continuous and discrete pieces compose in several examples of sign+gesture and speech+gesture.

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