27 Feb 2001
Dr. Anne Wiltshire (University of New Mexico)
Synchrony of body motion with speech: language embodied
Condon (1986) hypothesized that a speaker moves precisely with the articulatory changes of speech, and that these movements are detectable at the micro level using contrastive frame sound film analysis. This phenomenon has been termed synchrony. If the hypothesis is correct, then it is important to determine how synchrony is structured and to demonstrate that speech and movement are unified systems, distinguishable but not separable. If synchrony exists, then it has several implications and applications for the study of language and human behavior across many dimensions, implying a link between linguistic, perceptual, and sensory motor consciousness. This study will therefore contribute to the validity of the original claim and add information about the phenomenon itself.