Bio

I am interested in the ways in which language shapes and is shaped by the communicative, social, and physical context in which an interaction occurs. This interest has lead to a diverse research program in which I intentionally incorporate multiple theoretical frameworks and methodologies into my work. My current research focuses primarily on (i) the use of hand gestures to maintain coherent and cooperative conversation, and (ii) the use of figurative language in communicating and conceptualizing social issues, especially climate change. 

Expertise

  • Cognitive linguistics
  • Metaphor analysis
  • Gesture studies
  • Discourse analysis
  • Syntax

Courses

Recent publications

  1. Minds - Big questions for linguistics in the age of AI

    Backus, A., Cohen, M., Cohn, N., Faber, M., Krahmer, E., Laparle, S., Maier, E., Miltenburg, E. V., Roelofsen, F., Sciubba, E., Scholman, M., Shterionov, D., Sie, M., Tomas, F., Vanmassenhove, E., Venhuizen, N., & Vos, C. D. (2023). Minds: Big questions for linguistics in the age of AI. Linguistics in the Netherlands, 40(1), 301-308.
  2. Gradient at-issueness and semiotic complexity in gesture: a response

    Laparle, S. (2023). Gradient at-issueness and semiotic complexity in gesture: a response. Theoretical Linguistics, 49(3-4), 261-268. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/376073088_Gradient_at-issueness_and_semiotic_complexity_in_gesture_a_response
  3. Moving past the lexical affiliate with a frame-based analysis of gest…

    Laparle, S. (2023). Moving past the lexical affiliate with a frame-based analysis of gesture meaning. In GESPIN 2023 https://pure.mpg.de/rest/items/item_3527218/component/file_3527219/content

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