The conference has the following thematic foci: linguistic, semiotic and pragmatic approaches to human gestural communication with a special focus on cognitive linguistic perspectives, possible evolutionary precursors, and neural correlates of gestures. A major goal is to provide a platform to discuss both specific research questions within these areas and interdisciplinary approaches connecting these distinct areas of gesture research.


Gesture and

  • language (grammar, metaphor, metonymy, iconicity, constructions, blending)
  • speech (processing, comprehension, communication, conversation, interaction)
  • multimodality (interaction, metaphor and metonymy, multimedia, cognition, emotion, attention, grammar, dynamics) 
  • nonhuman primate communication (gesture acquisition, species comparison)
  • sign languages (grammar, metaphor, metonymy, iconicity, constructions, blending)  
  • evolution (spoken and signed languages)
  • emotion
  • development (first and second language acquisition
  • culture (emblems, cultural diversity and specificity, linguistic and cultural relativism)
  • arts (art history, dance, theatre, film, painting, literature, music)
  • traditional and new media (tv, web, etc.)
  • engineering and computer science (embodied conversational agents, gesture recognition, gesture in virtual reality, computer science)   

Keynote speakers

Josep Call (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig)

Alan Cienki (VU University Amsterdam & Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study)

Susan Goldin-Meadow (University of Chicago)

Georg Goldenberg (Klinikum Bogenhausen, Technische Universitaet Muenchen)

Adam Kendon (Naples, Philadelphia)

David McNeill (University of Chicago)

Roland Posner (Technische Universitaet Berlin)

Jürgen Streeck (The University of Texas at Austin)

Sherman Wilcox (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque) 

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