CfP: workshop on iconicity that will take place on July 6-7, 2017 in Nijmegen, the Netherlands

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Workshop: Types of iconicity in language use, development, and processing

Date: July 6-7, 2017

Location: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Organisers: Gerardo Ortega, Asli Özyürek, and Mark Dingemanse

The notion of iconicity is rapidly gaining influence across the language sciences as a factor in explanations and models of language structure, language learning, language processing, and language evolution. With a remarkable increase in the number of studies wielding the term ‘iconicity’ there is a growing need to specify and investigate the notion of iconicity itself across modalities (speech, sign, and gesture). The aim of this workshop is to provide conceptual clarity and empirical evidence on the nature of iconicity and its role in language use, development, and processing. The guest speakers come from across the language sciences, from gesture studies to neuroscience and from linguistic typology to sign language linguistics; and will share their take on iconicity, examining how they complement each other, how they can be investigated experimentally, and how they shed light on language and communication.

Confirmed guest speakers include:

  • Kimi Akita (Nagoya University)
  • Mark Dingemanse (MPI)
  • Linda Drijvers (Radboud University)
  • Karen Emmorey (UCSD)
  • Matsumi Imai (Keio University)
  • Spencer Kelly (Colgate University)
  • Gerardo Ortega (Radboud & MPI)
  • Asli Özyürek (Radboud & MPI)
  • Pamela Perniss (Brighton University)
  • Brent Strickland (ENS Paris)
  • Tessa Verhoef (MPI)
  • Gabriella Vigliocco (UCL)

Call for submissions: We invite submissions for poster presentations on recent unpublished work addressing one or more of the workshop questions. For more information, please visit the website below.

For more information, please contact, Gerardo Ortega (

We gratefully acknowledge funding from the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science and from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), which supports the research of the organisers through two Veni grants (Mark Dingemanse and Gerardo Ortega) and a Vici grant (Asli Özyürek).


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