DCOMM Conference

Conference 8-9 July 2019, University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom

REGISTRATION opens in 2019-

Conference Call:
Deictic Communication – Theory and Application

Communication involves a combination of language and gesture that act in concert (Tomasello, 2003; Kita & Özyürek, 2004). Deictic communication is paradigmatic of communication, allowing speakers to use language and gesture to refer, and direct the attention of a conspecific to an object/place in the world (Bühler, 1934; Diessel, 2005; Levinson et al., 2018). In recent years there has been much interest in deictic communication, including an emerging empirical literature on spatial demonstratives (e.g. this/that in English), increasing attention to deictic communication in typical and atypical populations, and focus on deictic communication in application. The aim of this conference is to bring together those working on deictic communication to afford a timely snapshot of an important and emerging field.

Keynote speakers:

Prof. Susan Goldin-Meadow, University of Chicago, USA
Prof. Leonard Talmy, University of Buffalo, USA
Prof. Anna Borghi, Sapienza University of Rome and CNR, Italy

Submissions are invited for both talks and posters in any area of deictic communication, including (but not limited to):

The linguistics and psycholinguistics of deictic expressions.
The neural basis of deictic communication.
Deictic communication across the lifespan.
Cross-linguistic perspectives on deictic language.
Deictic communication in technology and cognitive robots.
Deictic communication in the wild.
Language and gesture in spoken versus sign languages.
Language and action (more broadly).

Abstract Submission
We invite abstracts of no more than 500 words, not including references, and abstracts should be limited to text (i.e. no figures). Abstracts must report previously unpublished work.  Abstracts should include a clear statement of the theoretical issue to be addressed, the research methodology to be presented, and a concise summary of the findings/conclusion. Only one submission will be accepted by the same first-author and a maximum of 2 co-authored submissions.

All abstract submissions should list all authors with their affiliations and email addresses together with the title and a clear indication whether a talk or a poster is preferred (or both).

Submissions should be addressed to Mrs Jackie Orford, Contact:  DComm.eu@uea.ac.uk

Important Dates:

February 1: Submission deadline (abstracts for talks and poster)
February 15: Notification of Acceptance
March 31: Registration Opens
June 16: Registration Ends
July 8-9: Conference

Programme Chair: Professor Kenny Coventry, The University of East Anglia, UK
Local Organising Committee: Dr. Harmen Gudde, Michela Caldano, Patricia González-Peña
Programme Committee: Professor Angelo Cangelosi, University of Manchester, UK
Dr Olga Capirci CNR Rome, Italy
Professor Holger Diessel, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany
Professor Pedro Guijarro-Fuentes, Universitat de les Illes Ballears, Spain
Professor Christoph Hölscher ETH, Switzerland
Professor Christian Kray University of Münster, Germany
Professor Mila Vulchanova, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Dr Mikkel Wallentin, Aarhus University, Denmark
Dr Giovanni Stellin, Danielli Telerobotlabs, Italy
Fredrik Müller, Qualisys, Sweden

Administrative Support, Jackie Orford, Contact:  DComm.eu@uea.ac.uk

The conference is made possible thanks to:
DComm (This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 676063)