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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 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 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) and autism, to name but a few.

Currently, I am a Doctoral Researcher at the Department of Linguistics at the Universität Konstanz. I expect to obtain my PhD in 2022.

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

The role of co-speech deictic gestures in the understanding of speech in autistics

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

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

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 work under the supervision of Sven Lauer.

Theses

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 (co-supervisor), Regine Eckardt (co-supervisor) and Maribel Romero (2nd 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 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).

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).

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.

Presentations

Talks and Posters

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, MA, 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 The 4th Interdisciplinary Workshop on Laughter and Other Non-Verbal Vocalisations in Speech. 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) [hybrid]

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

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)

Links

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

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