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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. Ryan Lepic

I am a linguist interested in how languages change as a result of how they are used. A fascinating property of human language is that our utterances are often highly formulaic and highly creative at the exact same time: We routinely stretch and repurpose old words and phrases to make something new. In this context, my research deals with words, and the emergence, organization, and extension of patterns among them, in spoken as well as signed languages. By examining the close bond between speech and gesture, I hope to better understand both the similarities and the differences between speech(+gesture) and sign.

email: rlepic@uchicago.edu

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