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My research interests mainly lie in pragmatics from both a theoretical and an empirical (corpus-based and experimental) perspective. I am particularly excited about non-verbal communication and more specifically about the use of (hand) gestures.

I studied at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, where I earned my Bachelor’s in Germanic Languages and Literatures in 2013 to begin with. In 2015, I graduated with a Master’s in Germanic Languages and Literatures, and I received my Master’s in Linguistics in 2018.

Since February 2018, I am a Doctoral Researcher at the Zukunftskolleg and the Department of Linguistics at the Universität Konstanz. As a Research Assistant and PhD Student, I am currently working in the DFG Emmy-Noether Group What is it to ask a question?—A formal pragmatic investigation of interrogative force under the supervision of Sven Lauer. In the frame of this project, I focus on the rhetorical uses of interrogatives.

Other ongoing projects encompass collaboration with Cornelia Ebert, with whom I investigate pro-speech deictic gestures in order to determine to what extent they differ depending on the illocutionary force they realise. In an additional collaborative project, I explore the contribution of co-speech deictic gestures in the understanding of direct and indirect speech acts in autistics together with Tamara Kalandadze.

Contact

I’m agender, so please refer to me as ‘they’.

Sandy Ciroux, MA, MA
Universität Konstanz
Zukunftskolleg / FB Linguistik
Fach 216
D-78457 Konstanz

sandy.ciroux@uni-konstanz.de

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CV

My full CV is downloadable here. Continue scrolling down to get an overview.

Links

I am a member of the Lakeside semantics & pragmatics community.

I am a member of the International Society for Gesture Studies (ISGS).

Theses

MA Theses

My first master’s thesis entitled The Innovative Quotative Expressions in English: A Study of Their Semantic Meaning and Their Pragmatic Functions and Constraints examines the semantic and pragmatic features of so-called innovative quotatives with the help of a corpus-based analysis. The jury was composed of Philippe De Brabanter (supervisor), Mikhail Kissine (1st reader) and Katja Lochtman (2nd reader).

My second master’s thesis entitled How to Say Things with Gestures: A Pilot Experimental Pragmatic Study of Communicative Acts Through the Lens of a Multimodal Approach investigates the contribution of hand gestures in the production of multimodal speech acts by means of an experiment. The jury was composed of Philippe De Brabanter (supervisor), Mikhail Kissine (1st reader) and Catherine Pelachaud (2nd reader).

PhD Thesis

My doctoral thesis entitled The Pragmatics of Rhetorical Questions in English: A Theoretical-Empirical Study of Their Illocutionary Force and Their Features at the Lexical and Gestural Levels explores the pragmatic characteristics of rhetorical questions employing models, questionnaires, text and video corpora as well as experiments. The jury is composed of Sven Lauer (supervisor), Maribel Romero (2nd supervisor) and Regine Eckardt (3rd supervisor).

Publications

Conference Proceedings

Ciroux, S. (2015). With or without Words: A Pragmatic Study of the Innovative Quotative Expressions in English. Proceedings of the 4th Interdisciplinary Workshop on Laughter and Other Non-Verbal Vocalisations in Speech.

Ciroux, S. (2020). How to Say Things with Hand Gestures. Proceedings of WatchDial – the 24th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue (SemDial).

Ciroux, S. (forth.). I was like, ‘[GESTURES]’. Proceedings of the 7th GESPIN: Gesture and Speech in Interaction conference.

Presentations

Talks and Posters

Ciroux, S. (2015). With or without Words: A Pragmatic Study of the Innovative Quotative Expressions in English. Poster presented at The 4th Interdisciplinary Workshop on Laughter and Other Non-Verbal Vocalisations in Speech. University of Twente. Enschede, The Netherlands. 14-15 April.

Ciroux, S. (2019). Give a Hand: An Experimental Pragmatic Study of Multimodal Communicative Acts. Poster presented at Gesture-Sign Workshop Prague 2019. Univerzita Karlova. Prague, Czech Republic. 16-17 May.

Ciroux, S. (2019). Multimodal Communicative Acts: What Words Cannot Do without a Hand. Poster presented at LingCologne2019. Universität zu Köln. Cologne, Germany. 6-7 June.

Ciroux, S. (2019). A Word about Gestures. Pre-registration poster presented at XPRAG.it 2019. Università degli Studi di Cagliari. Cagliari, Italy. 19-20 September.

Ciroux, S. (2020). How to Say Things with Hand Gestures. Paper presented at SemDial 2020 (WatchDial). Brandeis University. Waltham, MA, US. 18-19 July. [online]

Ciroux, S. (2020). I was like, ‘[GESTURES]’. Paper presented at GESPIN2020. KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Stockholm, Sweden. 7-9 September. [online]

Ciroux, S. (2021). You’ve Got to Hand It to Gestures. Poster to be presented at XPRAG.it 2020. Università degli Studi di Torino. Turin, Italy. 8-9 July.

Teaching

Languages

LANG-D103 – Anglais I [English I] (winter term 2015, Université Libre de Bruxelles, teaching assistant)

LANG-D103 – Anglais I [English I] (winter term 2016, Université Libre de Bruxelles, teaching assistant)

LANG-D303 – Anglais III [English III] (winter term 2016 & summer term 2017, Université Libre de Bruxelles, teaching assistant)

HC-TC – Anglais [English] (summer term 2017, Université Libre de Bruxelles, teaching assistant)

LANG-D103 – Anglais I [English I] (winter term 2017, Université Libre de Bruxelles, teaching assistant)

LANG-D303 – Anglais III [English III] (winter term 2017, Université Libre de Bruxelles, teaching assistant)

HC-TC – Anglais [English] (winter term 2017, Université Libre de Bruxelles, teaching assistant)

SLI-10460 – Französisch für Studierende der Rechts-, Verwaltungs-, Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften (niveau moyen) [French for students of law, public administration, economics and social sciences (intermediary level)] (summer term 2018, Universität Konstanz, lecturer)

SLI-10455 – Französisch für Studierende der Rechts-, Verwaltungs-, Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften (niveau avancé) [French for students of law, public administration, economics and social sciences (advanced level)] (summer term 2018, Universität Konstanz, lecturer)

SLI-10500 – Niveau avancé 1 – B 2/1 [Advanced level 1 – B 2/1] (winter term 2018, Universität Konstanz, lecturer)

Linguistics

LING-116 – Pragmatics I (winter term 2019, Universität Konstanz, tutor)

Structure and History of English III – English innovative quotatives: a mixture of words and gestures (winter term 2020, Universität Konstanz, lecturer) [online]