Finding Common Ground: Social, Ecological, and Cognitive Perspectives on Language Use

Storrs, Connecticut
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Finding Common Ground: Social, Ecological, and Cognitive Perspectives on Language Use
Presentations and Guidelines:

Current List of Presenters
(List is also available below)

To Poster & Written Paper Presenters:  Large boards for posting your paper or your poster will be available (we will provide push pins for you to use, but you may bring your own, if you prefer).  Presenters may choose either to post a copy of their paper (see below) or post a poster describing your empirical studies, your theoretical arguments, or   other material.


Maximum size of Posters:  106 cm high X 152 cm wide (or 42” X 60”)


Written Paper Presentations:  We recommend that printed papers that are posted be no longer than 15 double-spaced pages (plus references). Please choose a type font large enough to read from 2 feet (60 cm.) away.  We also recommend that you bring 10-15 stapled copies of your paper (in normal type font size) to hand out to interested persons.


Oral Paper Presentations:  Oral paper presentations are 27 minutes (including 5 minutes for questions). Invited speaker presentations are 42 minutes (including 5 minutes for questions.)

Note:  If you have questions about any of these matters, please contact Bert Hodges ( or Carol Fowler ( 

Papers to be Presented

Aargon, C. R., Chen, N-C., Kroll, J., & Feldman, L B.
Department of Psychology, The University at Albany, SUNY
Establishing Common Ground in Informal Text Communication: Emoticon Use in First and Second Languages


Abney, D. Paxton, A., Kello, C., Warlaumont, A., & Dale, R.
Cognitive and Information Sciences, University of California, Merced, Merced, CA
Complexity matching across conversational settings


Baggs, E.
Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation, University of Edinburgh, UK
A new realist theory of speaking: linguistic meaning without conventions


Bickhard, M. H.
Department of Philosophy, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
The Social-Interactive Ontology of Language


Bjørndahl, Johanne S., Riccardo Fusaroli, Svend Østergaard & Kristian Tylén
Department of Aesthetics and Communication, Aarhus University, Denmark
The constructive role of disagreement and miscommunication in common ground


Borrie, S., Berisha, V., & Liss, J. M.
Department of Speech and Hearing Science, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Disorders of conversation: Modeling spoken interaction in communication disorders


Byrne, L, Angus, D., Smith, A., & Wiles, J.
Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, The University of Queensland, Australia
Conceptual Recurrence Plotting: Recent Developments and Future Directions


Caldwell-Harris, C.
Psychology Department, Boston University, Boston, USA
The difficulty of acquiring a second language in adulthood: Is emotionally-mediated learning the missing ingredient?


Carrigan, E.1, & Coppola, M.1, 2 
1Department of Psychology and 2Department of Linguistics, University of Connecticut
Communication partners’ comprehension of family-based homesign gesture systems



Chen, J., Deng, Q., Xuan, Y., & Liu, X.
Center for Psychological Application, Department of Psychology, South China Normal University, China
The exploration of the deaf students’ semantic encoding in the picture-word interference paradigm


Cowley, S.
Centre for Human Interactivity, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Language and languaging: how ecology brings forth subjectivity


Cuffari, E., Di Paolo, E. De Jaegher, H.
IAS-Research, University of the Basque Country
From Participatory Sense-making to Language: There and Back Again


Dale, R.
Cognitive & Information Sciences, University of California, Merced, CA
Face, eyes, hands, throat: the dynamic multimodality of talking in context


Deng, Q., Chen, J., He, F., Duan, Y., & Liu, X.
Center for Psychological Application, Department of Psychology, South China Normal University, Guangzhou510631, China)
The iconicity of sign language in the picture-word interference paradigm: the evidence from deaf students


Fusaroli, R., Duran, N.
Department of Aesthetics and Communication, Aarhus University,  Denmark
Dialogical dynamics in conflict and deception


Gagne, D1 & Coppola, M.1,2
1Department of Psychology and 2Department of Linguistics, University of Connecticut

Disentangling Language and Education Effects on False Belief Understanding: Evidence From Homesigners, Signers, and Unschooled Spanish Speakers

Galantucci, B.
Psychology Department, Yeshiva University, New York, NY USA
The development of sophisticated forms of communication in humans


Gick, B.
Department of Linguistics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, CA
Putting the body in embodied speech


Gironzetti, Elisa
Department of Literature and Languages, Texas A&M University- Commerce 
Smile Synchronicity and Patterns in Dyadic Conversations



Goldin-Meadow, S.
Psychology Department, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Gesture grounds talk in action and contributes to change


Golonka, S.
Psychology Department, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK
An ecological task analysis of language use


Gonzalez de Prado Salas, J.
Department of Logic, History and Philosophy of Science, Universidad Nacional de Eduacaión a
Distancia (UNED). Madrid Spain
Non-algorithmic skills: The case of metaphor


He, X., & Chen, J.
School of Psychology, South China Normal University, China
Bidirectional association of power and size in a priming task


Hilliard, C., & Cook, S. W.
Department of Psychology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA
Common Ground Embodied: How Gesture Bridges Gaps in Knowledge


Jensen, T. W.
Department of Language and Commucation, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Emotion in languaging: An ecological approach to the intertwined nature of language and emotion in social interaction


Jochemczyk, L.
Faculty of Psychology, University of Warsaw, Poland
Dynamical Negotiation Networks


Jones, P. E.
Department of Humanities, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK
‘Coordination’ (Herb Clark) and ‘integration’ (Roy Harris): common ground or competing visions?


Kravchenko, A. V.
Baikal National University of Economics & Law,  Irkutsk, Russia
Language as human ecology: a new agenda for linguistic education


Kwak, J., Kim, S., & Lee, D.
Department of Psychology, Pusan National University, South Korea
Influence of grammatical and pragmatic violation in the honorification judgment in Korean: an event-related potential study

Lassiter, C.
Department of Philosophy, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, USA
Hylomorphically Speaking: Matter, Structure, and Distributed Language


Leahy, B.
Department of Linguistics, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
Productivity and Recursion in Teleosemantics


Lee,  Y,, Shin, J., & Lee, D.
Department of Psychology, Pusan National University, South Korea
Influence of different types of linguistic expressions of emotion on emotional processing: evidence from emotional Stroop tasks


Lima, A.
Federal Technological University of Paraná, Brazil, & University of Delaware, DE
The gradual process of conversion of generic inability into generic ability in the story of Peter Klaven: towards a dialogic pedagogy of life


Linell, P.
Department of Education, Communication and Learning, Göteborg University, Sweden
Dialogism, interactivity and language


Lyby, M.
Interacting Minds Centre, Aarhus University, Denmark
Expressive writing intervention (EWI)- a dialogue with oneself through the externalization of language?


Marsh, K. L.
Department of Psychology, University of Connecticut, Hartford, CT
Social eddies: Social ecological contexts of conversing


McWilliams, T., Lee, D., Sohn, M.-H.
Department of Psychology, The George Washington University, Washington, DC
Goal-dependency and Perspective-specificity of Motor Resonanc

Port, R. E.
Department of Linguistics, Indiana University, Bloomington, IA USA 
A language as a cultural institution


Rączaszek-Leonardi, J.
University of Warsaw and Polish Academy of Sciences
How does a word become a message? Language as a system of replicable constraints on multi-time-scale dynamics 


Rader, N., & Goldring, P.
Department of Psychology, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
A Speaker’s Orchestrating of Infant Attention through Show Gestures: Evidence from Pupil Dilation Measures


Read, C. & Szokolszky, A.
Department of Psychology, Rutgers, University, New Brunswik, NJ
Kinds and Resemblances: An Ecological Approach to Children’s Novel Metaphor Use


Richie, R., Yang, C., & Coppola, M.
Psychology Department, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT USA

Modeling the emergence of natural language lexicons


Saltzman, E.1 Caplan, D.2
1Boston University, Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training, Boston MA; Haskins Laboratories, New Haven CT; 2Neuropsychology Laboratory, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Parallels between the dynamics of coordinative structures serving physical manipulation and social communication functions: Grounding agents in their environments, complex affordances, compositionality, and action grammars


Samata, S.
Applied Linguistics and Communication, Birbeck College, University of London, UK
Cognitive bricolage and restricted affordances


Schoonmaker, R., Zheng, D.
Department of Second Language Learning, University of Hawai‘i Mānoa, USA
Synchronous and asynchronous co-annotation in hybrid reading circles for second language learners


Schultz, B., O’Brien, I., Philips, N., Titone, D., & Palmer, C.
McGill University, 2Centre for Research on Brain, Language, and Music, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Interlocutors’ speech rates converge: The effect of fast and slow confederate speech rate


Shi Dan, S.
Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong
Understanding Literature via First-order Languaging Dynamics


Steffensen, S.
Department of Language and Communication, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
The ecology of cognitive events: languaging as cognitive engagement


Taylor, T.
Department of Linguistics, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, USA
Metadiscourse and normative sameness in language-use


Thibault, P.
Faculty of Humanities and Education, University of Agder, Kristiansand,  Norway
Linguistic Events and Affordances: Socio-cognitive dynamics, virtual experience, and linguistic catalysis in human interactivity


Tobin, S.
Department of Psychology, University of Connecticut
A dynamical perspective on phonetic accommodation in voice onset time


Torre, E.
Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University, UK
Stability, variation, and causal circularity: Disclosing dynamic patterns in Italian idiomatic constructions


Tylén, K., Fusaroli, R.
Department of Aesthetics and Communication, Aarhus University, Denmark
Building common ground: Reciprocal engagement and heart rate synchronization in a collective creative Lego construction task


Wallot, S.
Interacting Minds Centre, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
Towards a usage-based theory of reading


Waters, D.
GenomeWeb LLC, 40 Fulton St. 10th Floor, New York, NY
How Does Language Acquire Children?  Morten Christiansen and the Road to a Gibsonian Science of Language


Whalen, D.
City University of New York, NY and Haskins Laboratories, New Haven, CT
Deliberate variability in speech for flexibly engaging other speakers


Zajdó, K.
Speech/Language Pathology Department, University of West Hungary, Hungary
The role of embodiment in the acquisition of speech segment duration: Do children imitate the adult model?


Zheng, D., Leonardi, G., Hu, Y., Newgarden, K., & Thibault, P.
Department of Second Language Studies, University of Hawaii, Manoa
Exploring persuasive writing dynamics in virtual environments: An ecological and dialogical investigation


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