Faculty of Social Sciences

The far edge of lexicon: Interjections and sound objects

  • Date: 30 January, 15:00–17:00
  • Location: Engelska parken 16-0041
  • Lecturer: Leelo Keevalik (Linköping University)
  • Organiser: Department of Linguistics and Philology
  • Contact person: Marc Tang
  • Seminarium

Linguistic seminar

This talk explores a variety of "sound objects", such as produced when lifting something heavy, when reacting to a football goal, or when coordinating a dance practice, and asks where to draw the line between the lexical and the non-lexical. Many of these sounds are essentially embodied and individual, but they can also be communicative and are often at least partially conventionalized. Furthermore, speakers include them within the emerging syntactic structures, which illustrates their ambiguous nature between language and non-language. I will also be introducing my new VR-financed project that, broadly speaking, explores the boundaries of language by studying non-lexical vocalizations at the intersection of vocal and embodied behaviour.