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Alan Cienki

Alan Cienki

Nias Individual Fellow

Project title

Modelling the dynamics of communicative resources used in interaction

Project description

Linguists and communication researchers have started to pay more attention to the varied means of communication used in face-to-face interactions, such as gestures, non-lexical sounds, and facial expressions. The recent experience of wearing face masks has highlighted the ability of speakers to alter their communication styles. However, researchers lack a model to explain the complex processes involved in switching between communication means.

Alan Cienki aims to develop a theoretical framework that will help us better understand how humans adapt their communication in response to changing conditions that may impact their audibility, visibility, and mobility.

Selected publications

Cienki, A. 2017. Ten lectures on spoken language and gesture from the perspective of cognitive linguistics: Issues of dynamicity and multimodality. Leiden: Brill.

Cienki, A. 2017. Utterance Construction Grammar (UCxG) and the variable multimodality of constructions. Linguistics Vanguard, 3, s1, Article 20160048. https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/lingvan-2016-0048/html

Cienki, A. 2020. A multimodal perspective on MCA: Cues of (possible) metacommunicative awareness.
In C. Di Biase-Dyson & M. Egg (Eds.). Drawing attention to metaphor: Case studies across time periods, cultures and modalities (pp. 63–92). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company. https://benjamins.com/catalog/ftl.5.04cie

Cienki, A. 2023. Speakers’ gestures and semantic analysis. Cognitive Semantics, 9. https://sites.google.com/view/usal-uva-linguist-researchsem/the-2022-2023-series/alan-cienki?authuser=0