Keynote Speakers

Jurgen Streeck Jürgen Streeck is a linguist and Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Germanic studies, and Anthropology at The University of Texas at Austin. His research specialization is the video-based, micro-ethnographic study of human interaction in its cultural, ecological, and political contexts, and he investigates how people use language, their bodies, and their material and social environment to make sense with each other, get things done, and build community in their everyday lives. Jürgen Streeck was founding president of the International Society for Gesture Studies (ISGS) and a Fellow of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) at Bielefeld University and of Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS).
Edda Weigand Edda Weigand is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at the University of Münster, Germany. She was President of the International Association for Dialogue Analysis from 2005 to 2012, and is now Honorary President and Founding Vice-President. Following the general notion of “language as dialogue” (2009, Benjamins) she has written many articles and authored or edited several books on dialogue theory, pragmatics, speech act theory, lexical semantics, and other topics. Her latest book is Dialogue: The mixed game (2010, Benjamins). She is chief editor of the journal Language and Dialogue (Benjamins) and chief editor of the “Dialogue Studies” series (Benjamins).
Richard Young Richard F. Young is Professor of English linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he teaches courses in Sociolinguistics, English Syntax, Second Language Acquisition, and Research Methods. His research focuses on the relationship between language and social context and has resulted in four books, Variation in Interlanguage MorphologyTalking and Testing, Language and Interaction, and Discursive Practice in Language Learning and Teaching. He has published over 50 articles and serves on the editorial boards of three major journals. He has held visiting professorships in the U.S., Germany, and Malaysia, and is currently visiting professor at the National Institute of Education, Singapore.