The Alfred and Genevieve Gorski Technology Fund in the Center for Language Acquisition in the College of the Liberal Arts was established with an estate gift from the late Mr. and Mrs. Gorski. Genevieve graduated from Penn State in 1946 with an arts and letters degree and shared a love of language study which she and her husband believed was essential to break down barriers of race and culture.
Speaker: John Hellermann
Center: CLA (Gorski)
Date: January 19, 2024
Time (EST): 2:30-4:00 P.M.
John Hellermann, Portland State University
Title: The improvisation metaphor for language: Studies of interacting while walking
Abstract: Video recorded data of language interaction provides researchers with a view to many of the semiotic resources available to participants in the interaction. These resources include language (including prosody), linguistic and bodily deixis, and the demand character (Enfield, 2023) of objects in the environment. The number of resources involved in the meaning making process presents a dilemma for the researcher interested in finding objects of inquiry that can be traced in the quest for understanding change over time. The improvisation metaphor is discussed as a way to imagine the interpretation of signs, the simultaneous process of contextualization and entextualization (Silverstein & Urban, 1996) that participants in spoken interaction engage in. Examples of interaction during augmented reality activities are presented to illustrate.
Bio: John Hellermann is a Professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics at Portland State University, Portland, Oregon (USA). Using methods from conversation analysis, he has investigated the sequential actions and semiotic practices involved in language learning, the prosodic organization of language. Most recently, he has worked on language use in urban settings including, AR activities, linguistic landscapes, and attitudes toward linguistic diversity on the Portland State campus.