S2G - Call for papers

Call for Papers:

The first 'Sound to Gesture' (S2G) conference welcomes abstracts on the following topics:

- Prosody
- Spoken language phonology/phonetics
- Non-verbal communication/gestures
- Sign language phonology/phonetics

In particular, we encourage the submission of papers dealing with the relationship between two (or more) of the proposed topics, e.g.:

- Spoken and sign language phonology: Is there only one, modality-independent phonology, or is there one phonology for each modality? Is there evidence for the existence of phonological primitives common to both modalities?
- Linguistic and non-linguistic signs: How are non-verbal gestures integrated in sign language? How are these distinguished from linguistic signs?
- Prosody and sign language: What are the prosodic units of sign language? Are they organized in a similar way as prosodic units in speech?
- Suprasegmental and segmental phonology: What are relationships between the two levels? What are the best theoretical approaches and why?
- Prosody and language: How is prosody used to convey linguistic and non-linguistic meanings in L1 and/or L2? What are the best theoretical models to describe it?
- Prosody and gestures: What is the relation between speakers' intonation, prosody and gestures? How are language-specific prosody and gestures used in second language communication?
- Speech and gestures: Wow are gestures and language connected? What is the relation between language-specific/universal gestures and language? How can gestures be employed effectively to communicate with people who speak a different language?

We invite submissions of anonymous abstracts (max 1000 words, Times New Roman, 12pt, PDF format) to be sent to: s2g.conference@gmail.com.

Important Dates:

Abstract submission deadline: 16 February 2014
Acceptance notification: 10 March 2014
Conference: 21-23 May 2014

Scientific Committee:

Maria Grazia Busà
Antonio Baroni
Giovanna Marotta
Isabella Poggi
Laura Vanelli
Motoko Ueyama