34th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI)

When? July 31 – August 11, 2023
Where? University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Computer and Information Science

This year, the 34th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI) will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia. More Information

During the second week, there will be a course by ViCom coordinators Cornelia Ebert and Markus Steinbach:

The semantics of visual communication. Theoretical approaches to visual meaning aspects in co-speech gestures and sign language

In recent formal semantic research, both sign language and co-speech gestures have been analyzed by applying the theories established for spoken languages to visual meaning aspects. Only little attention has been paid to modelling the specific properties of the visual transmission channel. However, it is now becoming evident that the formal linguistic repertoire needs to be extended to meet the modality-specific requirements of visual communication such as the higher degree of iconicity of gestures and signs, the systematic use of the body of the speaker or signer and the space in front of the body to express, for instance, logical variables, comparative constructions, tense, topographic relations or context shift and the option to demonstrate actions and events. In this class, we will discuss selected examples illustrating the expressive power of visible communication and discuss recent formal accounts that enhance the formal linguistic apparatus to develop formally precise theories that can deal with and model the semantics of visual and multimodal communication.

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