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„Verbal and co-verbal means of event construal across languages“ (Collaborative Project at Moscow State Linguistic University, Multimodal Communication and Cognition Laboratory, started in 2014)

Based on the grammatical expression of temporal contours this international project investigates linguistic world-views that have emerged in the form of Russian, French and German aspectual and Aktionsart systems. It pursues new venues both methodologically and theoretically in researching the performance of those systems in multimodal language usage (e.g. as they are expressed in speech and gestures). Hand movements may embody language-specific conceptualizations of events; in connection with speech they display ways in which speakers construe and highlight different qualities of events.

(International Research Project, initiated by Moscow State Linguistic University  (in cooperation with Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris und the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt, Oder, Université d'Evry-Val-d'Essonne and RWTH Aachen, funded by the Russian Science Foundation)

Keywords: Aspect, Aktionsart, Gesture and Language, Cross-linguistic Comparison


Prof. Dr. Alan Cienki, PhD Principal Investigator (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Moscow State Linguistic University)

Members of the Project:

 Prof. Dr. Olga Iriskhanova, Main Investigator (Moscow State Linguistic University)

Prof. Dr. Aliyah Morgenstern, Main Investigator (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris)

Prof. Dr. Cornelia Müller, Main Investigator (Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder))

Dr. Dominique Boutet, Main Investigator (Université d'Evry-Val-d'Essonne)

Dr. Maria Tomskaia, Main Investigator, (Moscow State Linguistic University)

Prof. Dr. Nicole Richter, Additional Investigator (European University Viadrina)

Dr. Jelena Karpenko, Additional Investigator, (Moscow State Linguistic University)

Raymond Becker, MSc, Additional Investigator (RWTH Aachen University)

Valeriia Denisova, MA, Additional Investigator, (Moscow State Linguistic University)

Andrei Petrov, MA, Additional Investigator, (Moscow State Linguistic University)