LINGUIST List 33.2200

Tue Jul 05 2022

Confs: Anthropological Linguistics/Australia

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 01-Jul-2022
From: John Haviland <>
Subject: Sign, Gesture and Communicative Multimodality in Cross-cultural Perspective
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Sign, Gesture and Communicative Multimodality in Cross-cultural Perspective
Short Title: BLS

Date: 21-Jul-2022 - 22-Jul-2022
Location: Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Contact: Alan Rumsey
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics

Meeting Description:


In September 2022, a new three-year research project will be starting up at ANU entitled ‘Body, language and socialisation across cultures’ (BLS). Headed by Alan Rumsey, with funding from the Australian Research Council, the project aims to advance the understanding of how people learn languages, and in the process become socialised into particular cultures and communities. To that end, it will bring together an international team of researchers who have videoed and studied many interactions involving children in five very different settings around the world, and focus in new ways on the interplay of speech and sign with other bodily forms of communication.

The conference

In the lead-up to the BLS project, we are holding an open conference at ANU on the more general topic of ‘Sign, gesture and communicative multimodal modality in cross-cultural perspective’. The purpose of the conference will be to introduce the BLS project to a wide public in Australia, promote dialogue with other researchers with related interests and expertise, and increase people’s awareness and appreciation of the role of bodily action in human communication. The presenters include nine BLS project participants and eight other researchers with related interests and expertise. The conference will be offered in hybrid mode - both in person and online. For deaf participants and attenders in both modes, there will be Auslan interpreters and live captioning. (For confidentiality reasons, some of the presentations – most likely only one of them – will be available only for in person viewing at the conference venue).

Full program and online login information available at website.

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