The Language-Gesture Connection

Invitation to the international seminar


More information about the seminar here.

Dates: 22-24 October 2015

Time: The seminar begins on Thursday at 9AM and ends on Saturday at 12.30PM.

Location: University of Oulu, Finland (LeaForum Research Space)

Invited guests:

Professor Jürgen Streeck, University of Texas, Austin, the USA (

Dr. Silva Ladewig, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt, Germany (

Dr. Tommi Jantunen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland ( 


Eudaimonia Research Centre for Human Sciences (University of Oulu)

EUDA-DP Doctoral Programme (University of Oulu)

Langnet Doctoral Programme

COACT research community

Seminar language: English


Theme: Gesture is not an add-on to language. Rather, language and gesture are integrated and synchronised elements of everyday interaction; they represent two sides of the same communicative process. This seminar is prompted by the recent emergence of interdisciplinary research focusing on the connection between language and gesture. It focuses on the connection between language and gesture in social interaction, and in particular on how linguistic forms and gestures are integrated in speech production, and how utterance and interaction meanings are derived from speech-gesture combinations.

This international seminar is open to all scholars, researchers and Ph.D. students interested in language, interaction and gesture. We encourage scholars working with less-researched languages to participate in and bring their video data to the seminar.

There is no participation fee. Langnet covers the travel and accommodation expenses to those doctoral students who are currently members of the Langnet doctoral programme. Other participants are responsible for covering their own travel and accommodation costs.

Workshop activities:

Plenaries by the invited guests.

Data sessions in which participants have the opportunity to present their video data to be discussed and analysed together. The aim of data sessions is to help presenters progress their research or to identify and discuss potential new findings. Therefore, it is not necessary to present final results or special research foci in data sessions.

Collaborative article workshops in which the participants discuss and work together on the basis of four pre-assigned articles on the seminar theme.

Participants are expected to actively take part in the workshop activities. Doctoral students receive 4 study points by participating in the workshop, presenting their data in a data session and reading the pre-assigned articles.

Registration: Register to the workshop by sending an email to Joonas Råman ( by Friday, 25 September 2015. Include in your email your name, affiliation and contact information. If you plan to present your video data, add a short description (100-150 word) of your research project and the data you plan to present. Finally, let us know if you are a member of the Langnet Doctoral Programme.

You are warmly welcome to Oulu!

Organising committee,

Professor Pentti Haddington

Marika Helisten

Antti Kamunen

Stefano Rezzonico

Joonas Råman

Pauliina Siitonen