Recent Perspectives on Gesture and Multimodality
What is gesture and what does it do? What is the meaning of multimodality? What do these concepts signify within the different theoretical approaches to interaction and communication among human beings? Why do we study gesture and multimodality? The thirteen chapters that make up this volume provide answers to these questions. They bring together an eclectic set of recent studies on visible bodily actions conducted by junior and senior researchers and are a testimony to the curiosity and vitality that have always distinguished gesture studies.
This young yet rapidly growing field investigates the semiotic features of gesture in relation to speech as integral parts of utterances, the different uses of gestures with and without speech, such as gestures in language acquisition, gestures in the performing arts (music, dance, theatre) and gestures in Artificial Intelligence.
Isabel Galhano-Rodrigues, PhD, is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and a Researcher at the Linguistics Centre of the University of Porto (CLUP). She has published studies on a range of topics, such as gesture space in different linguistic communities, gestures in conference interpreting, listing gestures, multimodal deixis, home signs of deaf children with cochlear implants, and foot gestures.
Elena Zagar Galvão is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto, where she teaches general and specialised translation as well as English language at undergraduate and graduate levels. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Italy and her Master’s degree in the USA, she completed her PhD in Portugal in 2015. Her research interests include multimodality in simultaneous interpreting discourse, live interpreting for the media, and audiovisual translation.
Anabela Cruz-Santos obtained her PhD in Child Studies with a specialisation in Special Education from the University of Minho, Portugal, where she is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology of Education and Special Education. She is also a Researcher at the Center for Research in Education at the same institution. Her main research interests include the acquisition and development of communication skills in children, the development and validation of language assessment tools, and research-based strategies for children with communication disorders and hearing impairments.
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