research

Linguistic Bodies: The Continuity Between Life and Language. with Ezequiel Di Paolo and Hanne De Jaegher. In production with MIT Press, with an expected publication date in Fall 2018.

“Temporality of sense-making in narrative interactions.” (Co-author: Yanna Popova.) Cognitive Semiotics, 11(1). doi: 10.1515/cogsem-2018-0007

“Meaning Well: The Interactive Art of Gesturing.” Chiasmi International: Trilingual Studies Concerning the Thought of Merleau-Ponty 18: 233-246. (2017). draft

“Friendless Women and the Myth of Male Nonage: Why We Need a Better Science of Love and Sex.” in New Philosophies of Love and Sex: Thinking Through Desire. Sarah LaChance Adams, Christopher M. Davidson and Caroline R. Lundquist, eds. Rowman & Littlefield. In press. draft

“From Participatory Sense-making to Language: There and Back Again.” with Ezequiel Di Paolo and Hanne De Jaegher. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 1–37. doi:10.1007/s11097-014-9404-9 (2014). link

“Keep Meaning in Conversational Coordination.” Frontiers in Psychology, 5. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01397 (2014). link

“On Being Mindful About Misunderstandings in Languaging: Making Sense of Non-sense as The Way to Sharing Linguistic Meaning.” in Enactive Cognition at the Edge of Sense-making. Massamiliano Cappuccio and Tom Froese, eds. Palgrave McMillan. Forthcoming November 2014. draft

“Living Bodies: Co-Enacting Experience.” with Thomas Wiben Jensen. in Body-Language-Communication: An International Handbook on Multimodality in Human Interaction (Vol 2). Cornelia Muller et al, eds. Mouton de Gruyer: 2016-2025. September 2014. draft

“Doubleness in Experience: Toward a Distributed Enactive Approach to Metaphoricity.” with Thomas Wiben Jensen. Metaphor and Symbol 29 (4): 278-297. September 25, 2014. DOI:10.1080/10926488.2014.948798. pdf

“Gestural Sense-making: Hand Gestures as Intersubjective Linguistic Enactments.” Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences (2012). pdf

“Habits of Transformation.” Hypatia 26 (3): 535-553. pdf

for more check out the C.V.

Some current projects and live interests:

  • an enactive take on linguistic habit for Habits: Pragmatist Approaches from Cognitive Neuroscience to Social Science, edited by Italo Testa & Fausto Caruana, under contract with Cambridge University Press
  • how linguistic bodies undergo and resist manipulation
  • temporality and linguistic sense-making, especially in narrative (with Yanna Popova)
  • speech act theory, habits of interpretation, and political discourse (with Charles Lassiter)
  • parenting (as a practical & academic pursuit): mindfulness, genealogy, feminist STS, social epistemology, activism

Dissertation

I completed my PhD in philosophy in 2011 with the dissertation “Co-speech Gesture in Communication and Cognition.” This work stages a mutually constraining, reciprocal critique between philosophy of language, phenomenology of language, linguistic pragmatism, current gesture scholarship, and enactive cognitive science. The upshot is a body-inclusive understanding of linguistic communication as an activity that is world-embedded, intersubjectively normative, dynamic, multimodal, and that enacts appropriative disclosures. (Manuscript and bumper stickers in progress.)

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