I really enjoyed writing a chapter this summer with Irene Mittelberg, “Gesture Studies and Semiotics”, for publication in the forthcoming (2022) 4-volume set published by Bloomsbury, edited by Jamin Pelkey and Paul Cobley.
Two things this month: I’m really looking forward to launching my new gesture course for the Cognitive Science program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. And also happy to bring this paper on the multimodal expression of (ambiguous) preference into the world, with many thanks to the editors and reviewers at Language and Cognition, and my collaborator Fey Parrill.
I’m looking forward to teaching a new week-long course on language and gesture, ‘Communication: An in-the-body experience,’ with Dr Elena Nicoladis as part of the Centre for Comparative Psycholinguistics Spring Training in Experimental Psycholinguistics (STEP 2021), from May 10-14th. See the course Wiki to see what it’s all about.
As a cognitive linguist I look at natural discourse – including speech and body movement – to explore the resources we recruit to make meaning and how these processes relate to how we think. I’m especially interested in how the verbal and body channels together express abstract conceptual notions – like event structure, stance, and negation. I work with multimodal corpus data, text corpora, 3D motion capture data, and experimental methods.
I’m interested in applying this knowledge of humans in natural discourse to technical and social problems, including improving environments such as human interaction with avatars, the procedural generation of dialogue in video games, and applications in clinical situations.
Together we’re exploring the expression and negation of stance and beliefs across a variety of genres. For a brief look at the type of work, here’s our presentation at ICLC15 in Nishinomiya, Japan.
I was honoured to be awarded the Governor General’s Gold Medal, awarded to the top graduating doctoral student, at the University of Alberta’s spring 2020 convocation. I thoroughly enjoyed interviews about my research with the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Graduate Studies, and U of A’s Folio newsletter
I was delighted to be an invited speaker in the Data Science colloquium series at the Case Western Reserve University Cognitive Science Department. See an abstract and a video of the presentation here.
Some other honours
Selected a Killam Laureate at the University of Alberta in 2018 and one of 4 winners of the Dorothy J. Killam Memorial Graduate Prize.