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CV

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Contact

Sandy Ciroux, MA, MA
Universität Konstanz
FB Linguistik
Universitätsstraße 10, Fach 191
D-78457 Konstanz

sandy.ciroux@uni-konstanz.de
sandy.ciroux@warwick.ac.uk

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About

My research interests mainly lie in pragmatics and psycholinguistics from both a theoretical and an empirical (corpus-based and experimental) perspective. I am particularly excited about multimodal communication and more specifically about the use of (hand) gestures. Combining pragmatics and/or psycholinguistics with gesture studies allows for the investigation of other topics I am very interested in such as quotation (especially innovative quotatives), speech acts (including rhetorical questions), multilingualism and autism.

I am currently a Doctoral Researcher at the Department of Linguistics at the Universität Konstanz. From August 2022, I will continue to do my doctorate at the Department of German Studies at the Technische Universität Chemnitz. In spring 2022 I was a visiting PhD student at the Department of Psychology at the University of Warwick for three months, where I had already completed a two-month visiting studentship in autumn 2021.

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

Projects

Intentionality and joint attention in multimodal interaction (August 2022 -)

This is a project within the DFG CRC Hybrid Societies: Humans interacting with embodied digital technologies. In the frame of this project, I will work under the supervision of Ellen Fricke in collaboration with Jana Bressem.

The integration of gestures into memory in autistic people (October 2021 -)

In the frame of this project, I collaborate with Sotaro Kita to investigate to what extent autistic people, in contrast to non-autistic people, can remember whether information that they have learnt was said or gestured.

The role of co-speech deictic gestures in the understanding of speech in autistics (September 2019 -)

In the frame of this project, I explore the contribution of co-speech deictic hand gestures in the understanding of direct and indirect speech acts in autistics together with Tamara Kalandadze.

The form of pro-speech deictic gestures (August 2019 -)

In the frame of this project, I work in collaboration with Cornelia Ebert, with whom I investigate pro-speech deictic hand gestures in order to determine to what extent they differ in terms of form depending on the illocutionary force they realise.

Rhetorical uses of interrogatives (February 2018 – November 2021)

This is a subproject of the DFG Emmy-Noether Group What is it to ask a question?—A formal pragmatic investigation of interrogative force. In the frame of this project, I worked under the supervision of Sven Lauer.

Theses

PhD Thesis

My doctoral thesis entitled The Pragmatics of Rhetorical Questions in English: A Multimodal Empirical Study of Their Illocutionary Force and Their Features at the Lexical and Gestural Levels explores the pragmatic characteristics of rhetorical questions and the role that gestures play in the issuing and understanding of rhetorical questions employing questionnaires, text and video corpora as well as experiments. The current jury is composed of Regine Eckardt (1st supervisor) and Maribel Romero (2nd supervisor). The future jury will be composed of Ellen Fricke (1st supervisor).

MA Theses

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 iconic, metaphoric and deictic hand gestures in the production of multimodal illocutionary 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).

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 pragmatic properties of so-called innovative quotatives and the role of gestures in such constructions 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).

Publications

Conference Proceedings

Ciroux, S. (2020). I was like, ‘[GESTURES]’. Proceedings of the 7th GESPIN (Gesture and Speech in Interaction) conference.

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. (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.

Manuscripts

Ciroux, S. (2021). Gestures in Autistic Bilinguals. Manuscript. Universität Konstanz.

Presentations

Talks and Posters

Ciroux, S., & Ebert, C. (2022). When Gestures Get the Upper Hand. Pre-registration poster to be presented at XPRAG 2022. Scuola Universitaria Superiore IUSS Pavia. Pavia, Italy. 22-23 September.

Ciroux, S. (2022). Is(n’t) This a Rhetorical Question After All? When Gestures Show Us the Way. Poster to be presented at ISGS 2022. University of Chicago. Chicago, Illinois, USA. 13-15 July.

Ciroux, S. (2022). This Is Not a Rhetorical Question… or Is It? Gestures Can Respond to This. Poster to be presented at ISGS 2022. University of Chicago. Chicago, Illinois, USA. 13-15 July.

Ciroux, S., & Kita, S. (2022). How Differently Do Autistics See Gestures?. Poster presented at the EPS-Funded Workshop on Social Interaction. Queen Mary University of London. London, United Kingdom. 4 May.

Ciroux, S. (2021). When Your Gestures Get Rhetorical. Pre-registration poster presented at XPRAG.it 2020(21). Università degli Studi di Torino. Turin, Italy. 8-9 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. (2020). How to Say Things with Hand Gestures. Paper presented at SemDial 2020 (WatchDial). Brandeis University. Waltham, Massachusetts, US. 18-19 July. [online]

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

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

Teaching

Linguistics

Autismus, Gesten und Mehrsprachigkeit: Gebrauch und Verständnis von Gesten bei mehrsprachigen autistischen Personen [Autism, Gestures and Multilingualism: Use and Understanding of Gestures in Multilingual Autistic Individuals] (winter term 2021/22, Universität Konstanz, lecturer) [online]

LIN-20610 – Structure and History of English III – English Innovative Quotatives: A Mixture of Words and Gestures (winter term 2021/22, Universität Konstanz, lecturer) [online]

LIN-20610 – Structure and History of English III – English Innovative Quotatives: A Mixture of Words and Gestures (winter term 2020/21, Universität Konstanz, lecturer) [online]

LIN-16750 – Pragmatics I (winter term 2019/20, Universität Konstanz, teaching assistant)

Languages

SLI-10500 – Niveau avancé 1 – B 2/1 [Advanced level 1 – B 2/1] (winter term 2018/19, 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-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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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