Vortrag von Robert F. Williams (Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin):
Functions of Gesture During Instruction: Conceptual Mapping, Anchoring, and Blending
Montag, 29. September 2008, 19 Uhr , Kiezspinne, Raum "Studentenblume" im 1. Stock, Schulze-Boysen-Straße 38, 10365 Berlin-Lichtenberg
My research explores how gesture relates to conceptual models and the construction
of meaning. In this talk I explore several functions of gestures produced by
teachers during instruction: anchoring conceptual objects, mapping conceptual
entities to structures in the world, and adding image-schematic structure. Through
these functions, gesture helps build and elaborate the mental spaces used to
do cognitive work. The examples in the talk come from a study of time-telling
lessons in elementary schools, and the analysis is based on cognitive linguistic
research into image schemas and conceptual blending.
The presentation will be in English.