Spoken Language and Gesture

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Spoken Language and Gesture

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Communication Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    In this course, you will learn how to discuss current research on language and communication in a critical and constructive fashion; learn how to analyze the linguistic properties of spoken discourse and the ways in which speakers’ gestures relate to them; and in the process, you will improve your skills in written and oral presentation in English.

    The course concerns several themes, which areinterrelated with each other. One has to do with how we structure our
    talk and our co-verbal behavior as units on different levels of complexity. Another is how we use both speech and gesture to express not
    only our ideas about the physical world and abstract concepts (both describing and depicting them), but also our stances towards these
    ideas. This bring us to the point that face-to-face interaction with speech and gesture can involve alignment and adaptation in real time of
    our ideas, our attitudes towards those ideas (our “positions”, in different senses of that word), and our ways of expressing them.

     Lectures combined with presentations by students and occasional data analysis sessions (3 meetings x 2 hours each per week).

    Presentations (30%), essays (55%), and attendance and class participation (15%). The final grade will be a total of all
    the parts. All components must be graded at least 5,5. Anyone failing the course may resit only the portion(s) failed.


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