How do our bodies participate in interactions and in language?

What does it mean to participate — what dimensions of embodiment are involved and how? How do we risk and sustain our bodies in languaging acts and interactions? Do our bodily engagements generate or transform aspects of grammar or discourse structure? Does bodily responsiveness and purposiveness relate to linguistic meaning? What can our bodies tell us that would help to make better sense with others?

Questions like these drive my work, sometimes to unexpected places like decision-making in monogamous relationships, the environmental impact of having habits, the importance of misunderstanding to meaning, and methodological concerns in data coding. I’ve authored a variety of considerations of how co-speech hand gestures function in human cognition and communication. (Most research available here.)

Written with Ezequiel Di Paolo and Hanne De Jaegher, Linguistic Bodies: The Continuity Between Life and Language (MIT, 2018) is the fullest articulation to date of my working answer to this question (or at least a framework for further pursuits). In November 2019 we made these video overviews of the book [1] [2].

july 2020 – present:

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Scientific and Philosophical Studies of Mind Program, Franklin & Marshall College

september 2014 – june 2020:

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Worcester State University

may 2014 – august 2014:

Ikerbasque Post-doctoral Researcher

july 2012 – may 2014:

Post-doctoral Fellow (Experienced Researcher) in the Marie Curie ITN Programme
TESIS (Towards an Embodied Science of Intersubjectivity)
San Sebastian Node
Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science
University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)
Donostia – San Sebastián

For more, see CV.

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