UVic Linguistics Circle Colloquium Series
Friday, October 24th, 3:30-5:00pm, Clearihue A303
Brian Gick (UBC): "An eco-friendly perspective on audio-tactile and visuo-tactile speech perception"
Abstract: I will present some recent multimodal perception results from our lab in which a variety of tactile stimuli are coupled with audio and visual speech information. These results suggest that: 1) naïve perceivers make substantial use of naturalistic tactile speech information, 2) they do this irrespective of previous specific experience, 3) different individuals make use of different kids of information in multimodal perception, 4) perceivers are aware of complex physical relations between media, and 5) perceivers undergo perception as a whole-body experience. These findings will be discussed in the context of a broader ecological model of human language.
Lansdowne Lecture Series
Wednesday, October 29th, 7:00pm, DSB C118
Dr. Grit Liebscher (U. of Waterloo): "Who Are We and Who Am I? Identity Construction through Language"
While identity, in particular ethnic identity, is sometimes seen as an essential category, one can also take the perspective that it is constructed, among other means, through language. Taking this perspective, an analysis of conversations reveals which role language plays in this process. Dr. Liebscher will discuss ways through which inclusion and exclusion is achieved, individuals are positioned, and language is bound up with history. These aspects are illustrated by examples from her research projects involving Canadian German-speaking immigrants and their descendants, western Germans in eastern Germany, and Germans during unification.