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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.

Contact

Sandy Ciroux, 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 co-organiser of the SuP reading group.

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). Get in touch if you are interested!

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 speech acts as they are produced using hand gestures during oral conversations. The jury was composed of Philippe De Brabanter (supervisor), Mikhail Kissine (1st reader), and Catherine Pelachaud (2nd reader). Get in touch if you are interested!

PhD Thesis

My doctoral thesis deals with the pragmatics of rhetorical questions. The jury is composed of Sven Lauer (supervisor), Maribel Romero (2nd supervisor), and Regine Eckardt (3rd supervisor).

Publications

Conference Proceedings

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.

Presentations

Talks and Posters

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.

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

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

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

Manuscripts

2019. How to Say Things with Hand Gestures. Universität Konstanz. 22 March.

Teaching

2015-2016

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

2016-2017

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

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

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

2017-2018

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

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

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

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)

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)

2018-2019

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

2019-2020

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