The symposium follows up on a tradition established by the Swedish Symposia on Multimodal Communication held from 1997 till 2000; and continued by the Nordic Symposia on Multimodal Communication held from 2003 to 2012. We are now seeking a broader; European dimension. However; the Symposium will be of interest to anyone studying multimodal communication; and researchers from outside of Europe are most welcome.
Multimodal communication as a research area is growing rapidly. There is indeed an increased interest in embodied and situated communication – how humans interact with each other using different modalities; as well as how technological artifacts affect communicative activities. Work places as well as school environments; health care and other services increasingly involve complex multimodal communication. The development in innovative computer interfaces; mobile media and robotics makes new multimodal technical solutions to communicative challenges possible while at the same creating new challenges for communication research.
As in the preceding editions; we aim to present a broad view of the field by accepting papers in a wide range of topics. This year; however; a special track will be dedicated to sign language studies; and especially why studying sign language is interesting for gesture studies and multimodal communication in general.
NEALT Proceedings Series; 21.