Multimodality and SLA Working Group funded

The Humanities Institute at OSU has funded a pilot working group on Multimodality and Second Language Acquisition, proposed by Carmen Taleghani-­Nikazm and me. We will examine recent studies conducted within different paradigms, including experimental psycholinguistic work and socio-interactionist studies, that examine the deployment and processing of multiple semiotic/interactional resources (gestures; gaze; prosodic features; and facial, spatial and postural configurations). The goal is to generate a series of conversations on multimodality and/in SLA among faculty and students from different disciplines (education, foreign languages, linguistics, psychology, speech and hearing) and to formulate collaboratively a specific line of inquiry for a long-term working group. The pilot working group will run in Spring 2014.