SFB/FK-427 Medien und kulturelle Kommunikation
Multimodal Communication. Cross-cultural Comparison of Spatial References in Language and Gesture
Workshop des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Forschungskollegs
50969 Köln (Zollstock)
According to Talmy’s (1985) proposal for a lexically-based typology, languages are either ‘satellite-framed’ (e.g. Dutch) or ‘verb-framed’ (e.g. Japanese). Slobin (1996) has shown that speakers of these language types differ in the way they refer to location in linguistic event construal. Current research investigates the extent to which Talmy’s distinction can also be applied to co-speech gestures. Yoshioka’s cross-linguistic study focuses on spatial reference (i.e. static and dynamic location) in speech and co-speech gesture: story-retellings and co-speech gestures of 12 Dutch and 15 Japanese native speakers were videotaped and analyzed. The results sustain a type-specific but multimodal preference for spatial reference in spoken and gestural modality.
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Keiko Yoshioka received her PhD in Applied Linguistics in 2005 from Groningen University in the Netherlands. In her thesis, she examined multi-modal reference to person and space in narrative discourse in cross linguistic and second language situations. She currently teaches Japanese and Applied Linguistics at Leiden University, and is also a post-doc fellow at Radboud University Nijmegen. Her research interests include information structure in event construal by monolingual and bilingual adults in speech and co-speech gestures.