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Research homepage of Mats Andrén
How do children use their bodies to communicate, through the coordination of gesture, action, gaze and speech? How does this change over time in development? Those are my main research interests.
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PhD Thesis
There are still (free) paper copies available of the PhD thesis. If anyone would be interested just send me an e-mail.

Andrén, Mats (2010). Children's Gestures from 18 to 30 months. PhD thesis. Lund University: Centre for Languages and Literature.
Papers
2017
Andrén, Mats (2017). Children's expressive handling of objects in a shared world. In: Christian Meyer, Jürgen Streeck & J. Scott Jordan (Eds.), Intercorporeality: Emerging Socialities in Interaction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 105–141.
2016
Andrén, Mats & Cekaite, Asta (2016). Don’t laugh! Socialization of laughter and smiling in pre-school and school settings. In: Bateman, A. & Church, A. (Eds.), Children’s Knowledge-in-Interaction: Studies in Conversation Analysis Springer, pp. 127–147.
Cibulka, Paul & Andrén, Mats (2016). Self-touching behaviour in social interaction: Shifting in and out of speakership. In Cibulka, Paul (2016). A Universal of Human Interaction? – Manual Movement as Interactional Practice in Spoken and Signed Conversation. Phd thesis, Gothenburg University.
Andrén, Mats (2016). Att beskriva gester och handlingar. ("To describe gestures and actions."). In: Holsanova, Jana, Cecilia Wadensjö & Andrén, Mats (Eds.). Syntolkning — Forskning och Praktik. ("Audio Description for the Blind — Research and Practice"). Lund University Cognitive Studies 166. MTM:s rapport nr.4 (2016), pp. 39–45.
2015
Andrén, Mats (2015). Multimodal constructions in children: Is the headshake part of language? Gesture, 14(2), 141–170.
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2014
Andrén, Mats (2014). On the lower limit of gesture. In: Seyfeddinipur, Mandana and Gullberg, Marianne (Eds.), From Gesture in Conversation to Visible Action as Utterance: Essays in honor of Adam Kendon. Amsterdam: Benjamins, pp. 153–174.
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Andrén, Mats (2014). Children's Gestures in Sweden. In: Cornelia Müller, Alan Cienki, Ellen Fricke, Silva H. Ladewig, David McNeill and Jana Bressem (Eds.), Body – Language – Communication: An International Handbook on Multimodality in Human Interaction. (Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science 38.2.) Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, pp.1282–1289.
Andrén, Mats (2014). Book Review: Gesture and multimodal development: John Benjamins (2012). First Language, 34(3), 292–295.
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2012
Andrén, Mats (2012). The social world within reach: Intersubjective manifestations of action completion. Journal of Cognitive Semiotics, 4(1), 139–166.
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2011
Andrén, Mats (2011). The organization of children’s pointing stroke endpoints. In: Gale Stam & Mika Ishino (Eds.), Integrating Gestures: The interdisciplinary nature of gesture. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp. 153-162.
2010
Andrén, Mats, Sanne, Johan & Linell, Per (2010). Striking the balance between formality and informality in safety-critical communication: Train traffic control calls. Journal of Pragmatics, 42(1), 220–241.
2009
Zlatev, Jordan & Andrén, Mats (2009). Stages and transitions in children’s semiotic development. In: Jordan Zlatev, Mats Andrén, Carita Lundmark & Marlene Johansson Falck (Eds.), Studies in Language and Cognition. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, pp. 380–401.
Zlatev, Jordan, Andrén, Mats, Johansson Falck, Marlene & Lundmark, Marlene (2009). Bringing language and cognition back together again. In: Jordan Zlatev, Mats Andrén, Carita Lundmark & Marlene Johansson Falck (Eds.), Studies in Language and Cognition. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, pp. 1–15.
2008
Zlatev, Jordan, Brinck, Ingar & Andrén, Mats (2008). Stages in the Development of Perceptual Intersubjectivity. In: Francesca Morganti, Antonella Carassa & Giuseppe Riva (Eds.), Enacting Intersubjectivity: A cognitive and social perspective to the study of interactions. Amsterdam: IOS Press, pp. 117–132.
Edited Books
2016
Holsanova, Jana, Cecilia Wadensjö & Andrén, Mats (Eds.). (2016). Syntolkning — Forskning och Praktik. ("Audio Description for the Blind — Research and Practice"). Lund University Cognitive Studies 166. MTM:s rapport nr.4 (2016).
2013
Johansson, Victoria, Carling, Gerd, Holmer, Arthur, et al. (2013). Språket, människan och världen. Lund: Studentlitteratur. I served as editor of Chapter 4: Att lära sig språk ("To learn language")
2009
Zlatev, Jordan, Andrén, Mats, Lundmark, Carita & Johansson Falck, Marlene (Eds.) (2009). Studies in Language and Cognition. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars.
Talks
2017
Conventionality in children’s speech-coordinated gestures. SLaLS Speaker Series at School of Linguistics and Language Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada. Invited talk. August 17.
Laughing together at the preschool: Emotional intersubjectivity in educator-child interaction. Intersubjectivity in Action 2017, University of Helsinki, Finland. May 12.
Laughter at the preschool: Semiotic properties and emotional intersubjectivity. Centre for Cognitive Semiotics seminar, Lund University. Invited talk. April 27.
2016
(In)sensitivity to norms concerning pointing to people and things in Thai and Swedish 4-year and 8-year-old children. Co-authored with Jordan Zlatev. ISGS 2016, Sorbonne Nouvelle University, Paris, France. July 20.
Laughter and smiling as trouble in pre-school and school settings. Talk held together with Asta Cekaite. Childhood 2016, University of Turku, Finland. June 7.
The role of the body in children's communicative development. Cognition & Interaction Lab (COIN) Seminar. Department of Computer and Information Science (IDA), Linköping University, Sweden. May 19.
Skratt och gråt i hem och förskola [Laughter and crying in homes and in the preschool]. NorrUt (Norrköpings utbildningsvetenskapliga seminarieserie) [Norrköping Education Science seminar]. Department of Social and Welfare Studies (ISV), Linköping University, Norrköping, Sweden. April 13.
2015
Kognitiv-semiotisk utveckling hos barn: gester [Cognitive semiotic development in children: gesture]. Final Symposium of Centre for Cognitive Semiotics (CCS). Lund University, Pufendorf Institute, Sweden. Invited talk. December 17.
Skrattandets former, funktioner och interaktiva organisation i förskolemiljö [Forms, functions and interactive organization of laughter in the context of Swedish preschools.]. OFTI 33 – Samtal, Kropp och Kognition. Linköping University, Sweden. September 18.
Skrattandets former och interaktiva organisation på en svensk förskola [Forms and interactive organization of laughter in a Swedish preschool.]. Talk in Interaction Seminar [Samtalsseminariet]. Department of Culture and Communication, Linköping University, Sweden. August 27.
Children's use of gesture and action with static and dynamic verbs. Gesture in Early Language Acquisition, Université Grenoble Alpes (Stendhal), France. Invited talk. June 30.
Moving in and out of speakership: The case of self-touching. Talk held together with Paul Cibulka. Revisiting Participation: Language and Bodies in Interaction, University of Basel, Switzerland. June 27.
Exploring uses of interpersonal touch in preschool settings. First international workshop on Touch and Social Interaction. Department of Thematic Studies, Linköping University. March 23.
2014
Self-touching in social interaction. NAIL seminar. Department of Education, Gothenburg University. Invited talk. October 24.
Multimodal constructions in children: Is the headshake part of language? 1st Conference of the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics (IACS 2014). Lund University, Sweden, September 27.
Multimodal Constructions in Children: The case of headshakes. 6th Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies (ISGS 2014). University of California, San Diego, United States. July 8.
Transitions in the relationship between gesture and speech, from 18 to 30 months. Workshop on children's gestures. Department of Linguistics, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Invited talk. July 3.
Conventionality in children's co-speech gestures. Language: Synergies and Intersections (LSSA/SAALA/SAALT). Organizer of a thematic panel on "Gesture, Acquisition, and Culture" together with Heather Brookes and Ramona Kunene Nicolas. University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. June 26.
Lack of vision and visibility as a members' concern: interaction between a sighted child and a blind mother. The instructional organization of touch and the recognizability of embodied action, University of Gothenburg, Department of Education, Sweden, January 30–31.
2013
Transitions in the relationship between gesture and speech from 18 to 30 months. European Conference on Developmental Psychology XVI, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, September 4.
Gester i barnets pragmatiska utveckling. ("Gesture in children's pragmatic development".) Symposium med anledning av boksläpp: ”Pragmatik – teorier, utveckling och svårigheter” (2013, Lund: Studentlitteratur) av Ulrika Nettelbladt. Invited talk. June 14.
A Comparative Approach to Conventionality in Gesture. NASS VIII, Århus University, Denmark. May 30.
Children's gestures from birth to 2,5 years. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Psicología Evolutiva y de la Educación. Invited talk. April 29.
Object Gestures. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Psicología Evolutiva y de la Educación. Invited talk. April 30.
2012
Movement, Action, and Gesture. Department of Psychology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Invited talk. December 14.
Analyzing gesture: Methods and sources of meaning in gesture. Department of Psychology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Invited talk. December 14.
Gestures in children from 18 to 30 months. Department of Psychology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Invited talk. December 14.
Gesture and Narrativity in Children with Language Impairment. Centre for Cognitive Semiotics seminar at SOL, Lund University, Sweden. December 6.
Swedish children's use of the word : From structures of social activity to structures of grammar and logic. General Linguistics seminar at FLOV, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. November 20.
Multimodal markering av handlingars temporala struktur och utfall: interaktion mellan barn och förälder. OFTI 30. Stockholm University, Sweden. September 21.
Bodily Expression When Retracting From an Action: Structures of action meets the logic of grammar. 5th congress of the International Society for Gesture Studies. Lund University, Sweden. July 24–27.
Mimetic schemas and children’s gestures. With Jordan Zlatev. 5th congress of the International Society for Gesture Studies. Lund University, Sweden. July 24–27.
Gesture in Narrative: A comparison of children with language impairment and typical language development. With Ulrika Nettelbladt, Boel Forssell, and Kirsi Mustaniemi. 5th congress of the International Society for Gesture Studies. Lund University, Sweden. July 24–27.
Gestures that involve handling of objects: Children handling the social world. Workshop on Semiotic Development 2012. Lund University, Sweden. May 10–12.
Acting socially: Conceptual and empirical aspects of children's gestures. Center of Excellence — Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC), Universität Bielefeld, Germany. Invited talk. April 13.
2011
Gesture Studies — from its origins to current studies. What's in it for Psychology? Workshop at the Department of Psychology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Invited talk. December 15.
The question of "What is gesture?" as applied to the expressive actions of young children. Workshop at the Department of Psychology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Invited talk. December 15.
Analyzing children's gestures: Getting to grips with data. Workshop at the Department of Psychology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Invited talk. December 15.
Approaching children's gestures from a Cognitive Semiotic perspective. Cognitive Semiotics Workshop. Department of Education, Århus University (Copenhagen). September 8.
Children's gestures between 18 and 30 months: Empirical and conceptual issues. Department of Linguistics, Stockholm University. Invited talk. May 12.
Responsive aspects of gesture. Department of Education, Gothenburg University. Invited talk. April 15.
Children's gestures from 18 to 30 months — from a social, cognitive, and semiotic perspective. Department of Logopedics, Phoniatrics, and Audiology, Lund University. Invited talk. March 25.
2010
Doing and speaking. 4th Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany. Panel Session "Gesture and object — Development of communication and thought" organized together with Christiane Moro, University of Lausanne. July 26.
Children and the semiosis of bodily action in interaction. Presentation and data session at Lund University, with invited guest prof. Charles Goodwin, UCLA. May 12.
Doing and speaking: Recurrent patterns in children's use of speech when performing acts on objects. Winter Symposium of the Center for Semiotics: Meaning and Interaction: Dynamic models and social interaction, University of Århus. January 29.
2009
Transparency in iconic gestures: What makes it possible? [Transparens hos ikoniska gester: Vad gör det möjligt?] Centre for Cognitive Semiotics seminar, Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University. November 19.
Gesture research: Theory, findings, methodology. [Gestforskning: Teori, empiri, metodologi] Talk held together with Kenneth Holmqvist and Jana Holsanova. Cognition, Communication and Learning seminar, Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University. October 13.
The interaction of congenitally deaf-blind people. [Dövblindföddas interaktion] Talk held together with Per Linell. Talk in Interaction Seminar [Samtalsseminariet]. Department of Culture and Communication, Linköping University, Sweden. October 1.
Iconicity and object manipulation in the development of children’s acts of bodily communication. Multimod 2009, University of Toulouse, France. July 11.
Gesture, Language and Cognitive Semiotics. Workshop: Centre for Cognitive Semiotics, Östarp, Sweden. June 5.
The Development of a Gesture Repertoire. Workshop: Topics and methods in gesture studies. École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France. Invited talk. March 20.
Selection, transcription, categorization, and presentation in the analysis of gesture. Workhop: Topics and methods in gesture studies. Held together with Prof. Aliyah Morgenstern. École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France. Invited talk. March 20.
2008
Iconicity, object manipulation, and schematicity in the development of children’s bodily communication. Third International Conference of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association – GCLA’08 – Theme session on Motivation in Gesture, Leipzig, Germany. September 25.
Usage-based models of language acquisition across modalities: Gesture and speech in small children. Language, Communication and Cognition, University of Brighton, UK. August 6.
Embodied perspectives on gesture. Talk held together with Laura Sparaci and Liesbet Quaeghebeur. Summer School: “Social Cognition and Social Narrative”, University of San Marino, San Marino. Invited talk. July 12.
Nodding and head shakes and their relation to language in small children. [Nickningar och huvudskakningar och deras relation till språk hos små barn] Language acquisition seminar [Språkinlärningsseminariet]. Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University, Sweden. June 3.
The development of children’s acts of bodily communication. Talk held together with Jordan Zlatev. Workshop: The Challenge for Multimodal Corpus Linguistics. University of Southern Denmark, Odense. May 22.
Gesture+speech combinations and their development in small children. Semantics Seminar, Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University, Sweden. May 9.
Pointing, Categories and Counting. Seminar on 'Gestures in Mathematics'. Department of Cognitive Science, Lund University, Sweden. Invited Talk. April 30.
Nodding and head-shakes in children: relations to spoken utterances. [Nickningar och huvudskakningar hos barn: relationer till talade yttranden] The seventh Swedish Linguistics Conference – SLing 2008, Department of Culture and Communication, Linköping University, Sweden. April 26.
Children's gestures: Endpoints made visible. [Gester hos barn: Synliggjorda avslutningar] Talk in Interaction Seminar [Samtalsseminariet], Department of Culture and Communication, Linköping University, Sweden. March 20.
2007
Research on the relation between language and gesture. [Forskning om relationen mellan språk och gester] General Linguistics Seminar, Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University, Sweden. December 13.
Conventionality in Swedish and Thai children’s deictic gestures. The first conference of The Swedish Association of Language and Cognition (SALC), Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University, Sweden. November 30.
Explaining gesture timing in ontogenetic development. International Society for Gesture Studies, Third International Conference, “Integrating Gestures”, Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA. June 21.
2006
Pointing conventions in children. Semantics in Focus [Semantik i Fokus], Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University, Sweden. October 12.
Gesture and two word utterance timing in 18 to 28 months old children. Conference: Comparison and Interaction between Semiotic Resources in Evolution and Development, Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University, Sweden. September 29.
Striking a Balance Between Formality and Informality: Train Dispatchers and Train Drivers in Interaction. Presented by Per Linell. International Conference on Conversation Analysis. Helsinki University, Helsinki, Finland. May 12.
Formality and informality in safety talks between train drivers and control room personnel. [Formalitet och informalitet i säkerhetssamtal mellan lokförare och tågklarerare] Held in association with Per Linell (ISK, Linköping University). Talk in Interaction Seminar [Samtalsseminariet], Department of language and Culture & Tema Communication, Linköping University, Sweden. April 30.
Projects
These are some of the research projects that I have been involved with. Unless otherwise is noted, I have been (partly) employed by the funding from these projects.
2016–2018 – Phenomenology and typology of motion
Role: Collaborator
Principal investigator: Jordan Zlatev.
Funded by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet).
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2015–2017 – Communicating emotions, embodying morality
A sociocultural perspective on affective and moral socialization in families and in early education.
Principal investigator: Asta Cekaite.
Funded by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet).
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2012–2013 – Syntolkning och multimodalitet
Role: Collaborator
Principal investigator: Jana Holsanova.
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2012–2013 – Gestures that involve handling of objects
Principal investigator: Mats Andrén.
Funded by Erik Philip-Sörensens stiftelse.
2010 – Intersubjectivity and imitation as precursors of sign use
Principal investigators: Jordan Zlatev and Göran Sonesson.
Funded by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet).
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2009–2014 – Centre for cognitive semiotics
Principal investigators: Göran Sonesson, Jordan Zlatev, and Chris Sinha.
Funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.
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2005–2008 – Stages in the evolution and development of sign use
Principal investigators: Peter Gärdenfors, Sven Strömqvist, Jordan Zlatev, Göran Sonesson, and Ingar Brinck.
Funded by the Sixth Framework Programme of the European Union.
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Conference Organization
2016
April 28–29. Second international workshop on Touch and Social Interaction: Touching moments 2. Member of the Organizing Committee. Department of Thematic Studies, Linköping University.
2015
March 23–24. First international workshop on Touch and Social Interaction: Touching moments. Member of the Organizing Committee. Department of Thematic Studies, Linköping University.
2014
September 25–27. The First Conference of the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics (IACS). Member of the Organizing Committee. Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University.
2012
July 24–27. The 5th conference of the International Society of Gesture Studies (ISGS). Member of the Organizing Committee. Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University.
May 10–12. Semiotic Development 2012. Head of the Organizing Committee. Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University.
2007
November 29–December 1. The first conference of the Swedish Association for Language and Cognition (SALC). Member of the Organizing Committee. Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University.
2006
September 27–30. Comparison and Interaction between Semiotic Resources in Evolution and Development. Member of the Organizing Committee. Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University.
Part of the Scientific Committee
2016
The 7th conference of the International Society of Gesture Studies (ISGS) — ISGS 2016.
2014
The 6th conference of the International Society of Gesture Studies (ISGS) — ISGS 2014.
2012
The 5th conference of the International Society of Gesture Studies (ISGS) — ISGS 2012.
Doctoral Thesis Examination Committee
2014
November 3. International Representative in Thesis Examination Committee, for: Ana Moreno Núñez. Ostensive gestures in triadic interactions: From rhythmic ostensive gestures of the adult to the origin of intentional communication at the end of the first year of life. Departamento Interfacultativo de Psicología Evolutiva y de la Educación, Facultad de Psicología, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
Reviewer
2016
Conference abstracts: Swedish Association for Language and Cognition (SALC 6)
2015
Journal Article: Gesture
Journal Article: Language, Interaction, and Acquisition (LIA)
Conference abstracts: Gesture and Speech in Interaction (GESPIN 2015)
2014
Conference abstracts: The 13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC-13)
Conference abstracts: The First Conference of the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics (IACS 2014).
Conference abstracts: The 6th Conference of the International Society of Gesture Studies (ISGS 2014).
Journal Article: Gesture
2013
Journal Article: Psychology of Music
Conference abstracts: 16th European Conference on Developmental Psychology
2012
Journal Article: Journal of Child Language
Conference abstracts: Fifth Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies
2011
Journal Article: Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences
2010
Book chapter: Signifying Bodies: Biosemiotics, health and interaction
Journal Article: Cognitive Semiotics
2009
Book chapters: Studies in Language and Cognition
2008
Journal Article: Acta Linguistica
Supervision
2012–2016
Co-supervisor for Paul Cibulka: PhD thesis in General Linguistics, Gothenburg University.
A Universal of Human Interaction? – Manual Movement as Interactional Practice in Spoken and Signed Conversation
Popular science talks
2016
Sanningar och myter om kroppens roll i barns kommunikativa utveckling ("Truths and myths about the role of the body in children's communicative development"). Presented at Populärvetenskapliga veckan, Linköpings Universitet, Linköping. October 26.
2015
Gester och språk i barns kommunikativa utveckling ("Gesture and language in the communicative development of children"). Presented at Östergötlands Bokmässa, Linköpings Stadsbibliotek, Linköping. September 19.
2012
Gester och språk ("Gesture and Language"). Presented at the Olympic Games of Linguistics, Lund University. April 24.
2010
Barns gester ("Children's gestures"). Presented to theatre actors at Sagohuset, Lund. September 6.
2008
Vad säger man egentligen med sina händer? ("How do we speak with our hands?"). Presented at the Olympic Games of Linguistics, Lund University. October 7.
Gester är relevant för logopeder! ("Gestures are relevant to Speech-Language Therapists"). Presented to Audiology and Speech-Language Therapist students, Lund University. September 11.
2007
Gesture, Language and Culture. East Asian Linguistics Seminar, Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University, Sweden. October 5.
Gesters roll i kommunikation ("The role of gesture in communication"). Presented at the Audiology Day, Växjö. September 14.
2005
Att bli och vara doktorand ("To become and to be a PhD student"). Presented at the Cognitive Science Scholars at Work, Linköping University. December 5.
Miscellaneous academic activities
Past
Member of the International Society for Gesture Studies board, as public relations manager, from 2012 to 2016.
Webmaster of SALC — Scandinavian Association of Language and Cognition.
Local contact person in Lund for OFTI — Områdesgruppen för forskning om Tal och Interaktion.
Responsible for the technical realization of a database for storage of research data at CCS — Centre for Cognitive Semiotics, Lund University.
Associate Editor for the Public Journal of Semiotics.