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Empirical Methods in Language Studies


Edited By Krzysztof Kosecki and Janusz Badio

«Empirical Methods in Language Studies» presents 22 papers employing a broad range of empirical methods in the analysis of various aspects of language and communication. The individual texts offer contributions to the description of conceptual strategies, syntax, semantics, non-verbal communication, language learning, discourse, and literature.
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Multimodal communication in career coaching sessions: lexical and gestural corpus study


Abstract: In the paper we aim to describe multimodal communication in career coaching sessions using recorded natural, face-to-face interactions and corpus techniques. We look on how the specific context of communication influences the lexical and gestural behaviour of speakers in the dialogues between a professional career coach and a participant. Main topic of the conversation was participant’s future career. Spoken corpus of career coaching sessions was compared with standard spoken Polish corpus, to reveal four main categories of keywords: cognition verbs, words describing uncertainty and words indicating an abstract referent. Also some types and functions of gestures in career coaching were analysed with the use of NEUROGES coding system.

Keywords: multimodal communication, spoken corpus, gestures, clean coaching, coaching, neuroges

1. Introduction

Recent decades have witnessed major technological and theoretical changes in the study of human communication. Firstly, new technologies allow modern researchers to record communicative interactions in all modalities and to store large amounts of data (hundreds of hours of audio-visual recordings, numerous participants, millions of words and gestures). Secondly, the theoretical shift in communication sciences (including linguistics, psychology, sociology, anthropology) has changed the researchers’ focus: from verbal communication to the whole spectrum of multimodal interactions. These two changes constitute the current paradigm in natural human communication research.

Staying within the scope of this paradigm, in this paper we analyse how the specific context of communication influences the lexical and gestural behaviour ← 193 | 194 → of speakers.1 We aim to describe...

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