Gesture Focus Group    
Gesture Focus Group



Description of events


The Gesture Focus Group Speakers’ Series brings distinguished researchers from the field of gesture studies to the Stony Brook University community. The Speakers’ Series is intended to expose interested students to the research and methodological techniques of international experts of the field through intensive workshops. These workshops are intended to provide advanced training for students already involved in gesture-related research projects and to incite the interest and provide theoretical and methodological foundations to those new to the field.

The first two events of the Speakers’ Series are aimed at introducing students to different methodological approaches for analyzing speech-accompanying gestures.

Mandana Seyfeddinipur’s workshop provides advanced training in methodological approaches for analyzing speech-accompanying gestures. The first part of the workshop gives a theoretical introduction to the field of gesture studies and specifically addresses issues of speech and gesture disfluencies. The second part is a hands-on tutorial on how gestures structurally unfold over time in relation to speech. The third part gives students the opportunity to practice coding gesture data from their corpora, to present their current projects, and to exchange ideas about future research directions.

Cornelia Müller’s workshop (March 2,3 2007) will focus on coding the physical features of gestures’ form “Forms and meanings of gestures: a linguistic approach to the description and analysis of gestures."

We hope that we will continue to recruit successfully new speakers for the Gesture Focus Group Speakers’ Series so that a continued dialog is established between young Stony Brook researchers and the broader gesture community.


Speakers’ Series Event 1: “Gesture Coding I: Gesture structure: phases, phrases and units”

Guest speaker: Mandana Seyfeddinipur, Stanford University

Date: 12/01/06- 12/02/06

 Mandana Seyfeddinipur studied Linguistics, German Studies, Persian Studies and German as a Foreign Language at the Free University Berlin, Germany. For her graduate studies she joined the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, Netherlands. Her dissertation investigates disfluencies in speech and gesture. Currently, she is working with Professor Herbert Clark at Stanford University, California. Her postdoctoral work is sponsored by the Marie Curie Fellowship from the European Commission.

Synopsis of Program


Friday, December 1st, 2006

9:00- 9:30        Welcome


Session 1: Theory

9:30 -10:30      From discourse structure to speech act: A case study of a Persian gesture.


10:30- 11:00    Coffee Break


11:00- 12:00    Gesture as an indicator for an upcoming speech disfluencies.


12:00- 1:00      Lunch Break


1:00- 2:00        Repair at hand- fixing up gestures for recipients.


Session 2: Methods

2:00- 3:00        Gesture structure: phases, phrases and units


3:00- 4:00        Gesture phases frame-by-frame: From segmentation to phrase identification


4:00- 4:30        Coffee Break


4:00- 5:30        Hands-on Gesture Phase Coding: Examples from my/ your corpus


5:30- 6:00        Discussion & Summary


Dinner at the Curry Club (participation optional)



Saturday, December 2nd, 2006

9:00- 10:00      Gesture coding and analysis for quantitative research: Annotation tools and database management 


10:00- 10:30    Coffee Break


Session 3: Student Presentations

10:30- 11:30    Student Presentation I


11:30- 12:30    Student Presentation II


12:30-  1:30     Lunch


1:30- 2:30        Student Presentation III


(possibly more student presentations)