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Title:
Can gestures change perceived meaning of ambiguous motion events Evidence from Italian verb-particle constructions
Author:
Bjørn Wessel-Tolvig: University of Copenhagen, CST, Denmark Patrizia Paggio: University of Copenhagen, CST, Denmark / University of Malta, ILLT
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Year:
2017
Conference:
Proceedings of the 4th European and 7th Nordic Symposium on Multimodal Communication (MMSYM 2016), Copenhagen, 29-30 September 2016
Issue:
141
Article no.:
009
Pages:
56-65
No. of pages:
10
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2017-09-21
ISBN:
978-91-7685-423-5
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet


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How sensitive are Italian speakers to information provided by co-speech gestures when interpreting ambiguous motion events? Verb + particle constructions are not suitable for expressing telic motion (change of location across a spatial boundary) in verb-framed languages like Italian. However, this constraint may perhaps be disregarded with certain type of manner verbs + complex PPs. The reading often depends on contextual inference or pragmatic clues. We present two experimental judgment tasks in which we first test whether grammatically locative Italian verb + particle constructions can be interpreted as boundary-crossing motion and secondly we investigate the effect of gestural information on the same type of locative events. The study confirms the existence of boundary-crossing interpretations for certain types of Italian manner verb + PP constructions, but more importantly that co-speech gestures can change the reading of events and thus override default meaning expressed only in speech.

Proceedings of the 4th European and 7th Nordic Symposium on Multimodal Communication (MMSYM 2016), Copenhagen, 29-30 September 2016

Author:
Bjørn Wessel-Tolvig, Patrizia Paggio
Title:
Can gestures change perceived meaning of ambiguous motion events Evidence from Italian verb-particle constructions
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Proceedings of the 4th European and 7th Nordic Symposium on Multimodal Communication (MMSYM 2016), Copenhagen, 29-30 September 2016

Author:
Bjørn Wessel-Tolvig, Patrizia Paggio
Title:
Can gestures change perceived meaning of ambiguous motion events Evidence from Italian verb-particle constructions
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