July 6-7, 2017, Nijmegen

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. By teasing apart the different types of iconicity across modalities (speech, sign and gesture) we can advance our understanding of iconicity and the mechanisms by which it operates. 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.


Gerardo Ortega (Center for Language Studies, Radboud University & Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)

Mark Dingemanse (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)

Aslı Özyürek (Center for Language Studies, Radboud University & Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)

Support and funding

Hosted by Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen & Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.

We gratefully acknowledge support from the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science, and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behaviour. We are also grateful to the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), which supports the research of the organizers through two Veni grants (MD and GO) and a Vici grant (AO).

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