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Dr. Kensy Cooperrider Dr. Lilia Rissman    
       
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Dr. Kensy Cooperrider

I am interested in the interplay of language, body, and culture in human cognition and communication. Co-speech gestures are my window of choice into this interplay. In previous work I have focused on: 1) how gestures and spoken language are co-organized at different levels of analysis, from the micro-level of the single word to the macro-level of discourse structure; and 2) what gestures can tell about culturally variable and universal aspects of conceptualization, both in concrete domains like space and in abstract domains like time. A new line of work examines the role of gesture in reasoning and learning. Is gesture an engine of conceptual change and, if so, by what mechanisms?

email: kensy@uchicago.edu

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Dr. Lilia Rissman

I investigate how language functions as a filter on the world: the tree outside my window is growing and blooming, at the same time that it is living, standing and providing shade. Each of these verbs constitutes a distinct semantic bundle: I am interested in understanding what bundles are possible in human language and how children learn these bundles. I am particularly interested how languages encode concepts of agency: meanings related to causation, goals and instrument use. I investigate these questions through psycholinguistic experiments with adults and children and formal semantic analysis. I have recently begun to address how such concepts are encoded in gesture and in homesign.

email: lrissman@uchicago.edu

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