Language as a form of Action - Rome, 21- 23 June 2017

Language as a form of Action
Conference 21- 23 June 2017. Sala Convegni of CNR (Piazzale A. Moro), Rome Italy
General information: Language as a form of Action
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The aim of the conference is to approach gesture and sign language research in an interdisciplinary way by bringing together researchers working on these topics from the fields of linguistics, neuroscience, developmental psychology, developmental robotics, philosophy, and other related disciplines. We aim to explore the concept of “language” in its full complexity, i.e., by considering the interaction of vocal and manual (including non-manual features) modalities in spoken languages as well as in signed languages. The core idea of the conference is based on the considerations posed by Adam Kendon, in particular, in his recent article “Semiotic diversity in utterance production and the concept of ‘language” (2014).

Keynote Speakers
Adam KendonSemiotic and modality diversity in the utterance: a languaging perspective (Cambridge University and University College London, UK)
Sotaro Kita Deictic gestures for discourse cohesion: Mechanisms for production and comprehension (University of Warwick, Coventry, UK)
- Marie-Anne Sallandre & Marie-Thérèse L’Huillier The Semiological Model for Sign Language: focus on deixis, eye gaze and acquisition (Universite Paris-8, France)
- Virginia VolterraSearching the roots of words and signs in children’s early action and gestures (Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, CNR Rome, Italy)

Registration fees (include 4 coffee breaks, one lunch and a conference welcome bag)

Registration Type Standard rate Student rate (including PhD/PGR students)
Early Bird (March 31 – May 15) 100 Euros 40 Euros
Regular (May 16 – June 16) 140 Euros 60 Euros

Scientific committee:  
- Olga Capirci (Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, CNR Rome, Italy)0
- Maria Cristina Caselli (Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, CNR Rome, Italy)
- Jean-Marc Colletta (Université Grenoble Alpes, France)
- Kenny Coventry (University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK)
- Heather Brookes (UCT)
- Holger Diessel (Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany)
- Aliyah Morgenstern (University of Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle, France)
- Michèle Guidetti (University Toulouse – Jean Jaures, France)
- Sophie Kern (Lyon University, France)
- Pasquale Rinaldi (Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, CNR Rome, Italy)
- Angelo Cangelosi (University of Plymouth, UK)
- Pedro-Guijarro-Fuentes (UIB, Majorca)

Local organizing committee:
- Olga Capirci (
- Alessio Di Renzo (
- Francesca Lasorsa (
- Barbara Pennacchi (
- Morgana Proietti (
- Anita Slonimska (

Administrative Support, Jackie Orford, Contact:

The conference is made possible thanks to:
- DComm (This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 676063)
Gest_lan_d (Seventh Framework Programme for research and Technological Development Marie Curie IRSES International Research Staff Exchange Scheme GEST_LAN_D PIRSES-GA-2013-612563)
- Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, CNR Rome, Italy