Project Co-ordinator: Prof. UAM dr hab. Maciej Karpiński

mk-small Professor at the Chair of Psycholinguistics at the Institute of Applied Linguistics, Adam Mickiewicz University. Studies speech prosody and gestural behaviour in interaction.

  • Author of publications on the prosodic properties of Polish, paralinguistic prosody, prosody of dialogue, as well as the relationship between prosody and gesture as well as of first digital corpora of Polish spontaneous dialogues.
  • Project head, team leader or PI in a number of research projects, including PoInt (Polish Intonation Database), Pol’n’Asia (Comparative studies of intonation in Polish, Korean, Thai and Vietnamese dialogues), DiaGest2 (Multimodal Dialogue Acts in Polish Task-oriented Dialogues), NeuroPerKog (Memory and Phonological Development), PAGE (Prosodic and Gestural Entrainment), Borderland (Paralinguistic aspects of intercultural communication).
  • Personal website: maciejk-karpinski.home.amu.edu.pl, some publications available at academia.edu

Prof. UW dr hab. Silvia Bonacchi

Silvia Cape Good Hope-small Prof. Silvia Bonacchi, Institute of Specialised and Intercultural Communication at Warsaw University (www.ikla.uw.edu.pl)

  • Head of Multimodal Communication Culturological Analysis MCCA Research Group (www.mcca.uw.edu.pl)
  • Head of the Multimodal Communication Laboratory LAKOM (www.lakom.uw.edu.pl)
  • Member of the Faculty Commission for Scientific Research
  • Member of Metzgera Prize Jury (www.gestalttheory.net)
  • Main areas of research: (nie)grzeczność językowa, language agression, face-to-face communication, conflict resolution and dialogue studies, communication in organisations, intercultural communication, multimodal communication
  • Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Multimodal Communication Studies (jmcs.home.amu.edu.pl),
  • Member of Programme Committees of Gestalt Theory, Kwartalnik Neofilologiczny, Archiwum Historii Filozofii i Myśli Społecznej.
  • Most important publication: Hoeflichkeitsausdruecke und anthropozentrische Linguistik (2011, Euroedukacja), (Un)Hoeflichkeit (2013, Lang).
  • Visiting Profesorships in Heidelberg, Bremen and Mainz

Prof. UAM dr hab. Tomasz Wicherkiewicz

Tomasz Wicherkiewicz foto 0614 Tomasz Wicherkiewicz – linguist, sociolinguist, specialist in minority languages and minority studies; lecturer at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland (Faculty of Modern Languages and Literatures, Chair of Oriental Studies, Department for Language Policy and Minority Studies).
Scholarly interests: sociolinguistics of lesser-used languages, typology of their sociopolitical situations; microlanguages and regional/collateral languages, minority language policy and language planning, language endangerment and documentation. International expert in minority language policy.
Main publications:

  • The Making of a Language. The Case of the Idiom of Wilamowice, Southern Poland. Mouton de Gruyter (2003);
  • The Kashubs: Past and Present (co-edited with C. Obracht-Prondzyński) Peter Lang (2011);
  • Regionalne języki kolateralne Europy – porównawcze studia przypadku z polityki językowej. Rys (2014).
  • On-line database created within the project: Poland’s Linguistic Heritage (Dziedzictwo językowe Rzeczypospolitej – baza dokumentacji zagrożonych języków): www.inne-jezyki.amu.edu.pl.

Dr hab. Katarzyna Klessa

Kasia Klessa Katarzyna Klessa is an assistant professor at the Institute of Applied Linguistics, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Involved in research and development for the following fields:

  • Development of annotation specifications and annotation tools for continuous speech analysis (e.g. Annotation Pro software).
  • Designing and building language corpora (various modalities)
  • Linguistic and paralinguistic features of speech
  • Various aspects of speech prosody as related to acoustics and perception of speech both in adults and in children
  • Personal website: katarzyna.klessa.pl
  • In 2016 Katarzyna Klessa received habilitation degree, based on (among others) a cycle of publications. In one of the publications (Speech Annotation Mining with Annotation Pro plugins) she described the data management system developed within the Borderland project.

Dr Violetta Frankowska

Assistant Professor at Institute of German Philology (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań). She studied German (MA), Postgraduate Studies in Translation and Interpreting. PhD in German Linguistics.

  • Research interests: pragmatics (politeness, especially compliments and compliment responses)
  • Teaching experience: Articulatory Phonetics, Morphology, Syntax, Text Linguistics,
    Practical Grammar of German, German as a Foreign Language
  • Member of Polish Association of Applied Linguistics
  • Member of the Association of Polish Germanists

Dr Ewa Jarmołowicz-Nowikow

ewajarmolowicznowikow-2 Assisstant Professor at Institute of Applied Linguistics, Faculty of Modern Languages, Adam Mickiewicza University in Poznań. Her research interests focus on multimodal analysis, in particular its non-verbal dimension. She has taken part in several research projects on multimodal discourse analysis, in which she was responsible for annotation and analysis of nonverbal behaviour. Her publications concentrate on nonverbal aspect of communication from the developmental and cultural perspectives, and on the role of gesture.

Dr Konrad Juszczyk

konrad_juszczyk Dr Konrad Juszczyk researches multimodal communication. He works at the Department of Psycholinguistics at the Institute of Linguistics, Faculty of Modern Languages and Literatures, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. At present he is the Primary Investigator of two externally funded projects on the analysis of the interaction between multimodal communication and cognitive and emotional processes focusing on multimodal metaphor (financed by the National Science Centre and the Foundation for Polish Science). He also participates in two further projects financed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and National Programme for the Development of the Humanities. Morever, he is co-organising scientific conferences (RAAM and GESPIN) and scientific meetings for PhD students and researchers at AMU in Poznań, FACEBOOK
discussion group (REMAT+) and linguistic wiki PBWORKS. In the present project Dr Juszczyk will advise on annotation, analysis and interpretation of gesture using NEUROGES coding system.

Dr Miłosz Woźniak

Assistant Professor at Institute of German Philology (Adam Mickewicz University in Poznań). He studied German (master’s degree in 2010) and Translation and Interpreting (postgraduate diploma in 2012), doctoral degree in German Linguistics (2014).

  • His research interests are: text linguistics, Languages for Special Purposes, transfer and popularization
    of knowledge.
  • Teaching experience: Phonetics and Phonology, Morphology, Syntax of German, German as a Foreign
    Language at academic level, Introduction into Linguistics, Practical Grammar of German.
  • Author of articles about text linguistics.
  • Member of PTLS (Polish Association of Applied Linguistics) and SGP (Polish Association of German Studies).

Mariusz Mela, MA

Mela-www Mariusz Mela is a PhD student at the Faculty of Applied Linguistics at Warsaw University.

  • The topic of his PhD thesis is multimodal communication of face-to-face interactions in German and Polish.
  • He is an active member of the project MCCA: Multimodal Communication: Culturological Analysis (www.mcca.uw.edu.pl) and of the Laboratory for Multimodal Communication (LAKOM) at Warsaw University.
  • His scientific interests include pragmatics, conversation analysis, nonverbal communication, annotation techniques.

Karolina Mocek, MA

Mocek-small PhD student in linguistics at Institute of German Philology (Adam Mickewicz University in Poznań). She studied German (master’s degree in 2015):

  • Research interests: corpus linguistics, computational linguistics, phonology of German
  • Teaching experience: Phonetics and Phonology, Morphology of German, Practical Grammar of German
  • Member of Polish Association of Modern Languages (PTN)

Virginia Schulte, MA

Virginia Schulte. Warsaw University, Institute of Specialised and Intercultural Communication.

  • Research interests:
    Gender linguistics and culturology, analysis of women’s images in advertisements and pictorial texts. Corpus specialist.
  • E-mail address: virginiaschulte(at)o2.pl


German Partners:

Prof. Dr Cornelia Mueller

cornelia_muller Cornelia Müller is a Professor of Language Use and Multimodal Communication, Faculty of Social and Cultural Sciences, European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. She has launched and co-edited the international journal GESTURE and the book series GESTURE Studies (Benjamins) from 2000 to 2010. Her research interests focus on theory and analysis of multimodal communication, in particular the ways in which gestures become meaningful parts of utterances and the role of gesture and words in constructing metaphorical meanings.Her most recent publications include:

  • Metaphors dead and alive, sleeping and waking. A dynamic view. Chicago 2008.
  • Eds. with Alan Cienki: Metaphor and gesture. Amsterdam, Philadelphia 2008.
  • Eds. with Alan Cienki, Ellen Fricke, Silva H. Ladewig, David McNeill and Sedinha Teßendorf (2013) (eds.): Body – Language – Communication: An International Handbook on Multimodality in Human Interaction. (Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science 38.1). Berlin/ Boston: De Gruyter Mouton.
  • Eds. with Alan Cienki, Ellen Fricke, Silva H. Ladewig, David McNeill and Jana Bressem (2014) (eds.): Body – Language – Communication: An International Handbook on Multimodality in Human Interaction. (Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science 38.2). Berlin/ Boston: De Gruyter Mouton.

Prof. Dr Nicole Richter

Junior Professor for Language Use and Applied Linguistics at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany. Her research questions predominantly focus on phonetics, pragmatics, cross-cultural communication and contrastive linguistics. She holds a PhD in Slavonic Linguistics (topic: Prosody of evaluative utterances: Experimental Studies on Russian) and is currently investigating the process of speech production for phonetic-prosodic cues and the structuring of conversation. Together with other Slavists in Germany and Russia, she is working within the scientific network „Urban Voices“ (DFG funded) and is heading (together with Prof. Konstanze Jungbluth) the PhD programme „ViaGG nad odrą“ at the Viadrina Center B/Orders in Motion.



Dr Barbara Jańczak

IMG_4365-small Dr Barbara Jańczak is an assistant in German-Polish Research Institute (European University Viadrina/Adam Mickiewicz University). She has been studying in Germany, France and Poland. She is working in the field of sociolinguistics. Scientific interests: multilingualism and language contact, bilingual language acquisition, border studies in multilingual context, bicultural and bilingual families. 2006-2011 she has carried out research on language and family relations of German-Polish families. Since 2013 she is examining the language contact in German-Polish border region.

Sara Bonin (MA, Intercultural Communication Studies)

Sara’s research interests include language and identity, language and culture, contact linguistics, multilingualism, language learning/acquisition, foreign accent, language and power, as well as intercultural and cross-cultural communication. In her masters thesis, English with a German Accent – Subjectivity in Foreign Language Use, she conducted research at the University of California, Berkeley, examining the relationship between foreign accent and subjectivity in a study abroad context. She developed a strong interest in sociolinguistics and Polish language and culture during her studies in Eichstätt, Frankfurt/ Oder (Germany) and Warsaw as well as Poznań (Poland). In March 2015, she obtained her German-Polish Masters Certificate and she is currently contributing to the project “Multimodal Constructions of threat: conceptualizing danger and enemies in populist discourse about the EU in Germany and Poland (MMCT)” under the direction of Professor Nicole Richter. Since 2014, she has also contributed to the “Borderland” research team.