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Call for Abstracts: ISGS 8th Int'l Conference
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7/1/2017 to 11/17/2017
When: Saturday, July 1, 2017
Where: Cape Town
South Africa

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Conference Theme: Gesture and Diversity

The first conference on gesture on the African continent will focus on the rich diversity of human gestural communication. Gestures and gestural behaviour are dynamic and changing - varying not only across languages and cultures but also within cultural groups according to social levels, age, gender and situation.

The main aim of this conference will be to examine the wide range of linguistic and cultural phenomena and other factors that influence and shape gestural diversity. Special emphasis will be on comparative work looking at, but not limited to:

1) Studies on gestural form, meaning and function;

2) The relationship of gesture to language, whether spoken or signed;

3) Gesture in language development and learning among children in different cultures and multilingual contexts;

4) Gesture in language learning and conceptual development;

5) Studies of gestural forms and practices across languages and cultures;

6) Gesture and its role in sign language variation.

Plenary speakers

Sotara Kita Psychology, University of Warwick, UK

Eve Sweetser Linguistics & Program in Cognitive Science, UC-Berkeley, USA

Olga Capirci Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, CNR, Italy
Judith Holler Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands

Yolanda Covington-Ward Africana Studies & Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, USA

The deadline for abstracts is November 17th, 2017.
Notification of acceptance will be given by January 29th, 2018

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