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Investigador predoctoral (becàri SGR)

Cotutel·la internacional entre el GrEP i el Laboratoire de Linguistique de Nantes (LLING), Université de Nantes, France

Campus de la Comunicació de la Universitat Pompeu Fabra
C/Roc Boronat 138,
08018, Barcelona.

Oficina 53.204
Tel. 93 542 1114
patrick.rohrer@upf.edu

Twitter: @PatrickLRohrer

Patrick Louis Rohrer

About me

Patrick Louis Rohrer a second-year PhD student, carrying out his PhD within the framework of an international joint cotutelle between the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Catalunya) and the Université de Nantes (Nantes, France). In addition to his PhD, he is also a language teacher at the Department of Translation and Language Sciences at UPF, focusing on French and English. He is the recipient of the SGR grant, which allows him to carry out his research.
He holds a B.A. in French Language and Literature from Georgia State University (Atlanta, Georgia, USA), and an M.A. in English Studies with a concentration in Linguistics and Didactics from the Université de Paris III – La Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris, France). Alongside his studies, he has also taught English for a number of years.
His main research interest lies in the synchrony between gesture and prosody from a crosslinguistic perspective. He is also interested in the cognitive benefits of gesture perception by native and non-native speakers, particularly regarding comprehension, attention, and memorization. His research approaches this question using both behavioral and electrophysiological (i.e., EEG) techniques. Finally, he is interested in exploring how these cognitive benefits afforded by gesture may aide non-native speakers in terms of pronunciation in their L2.

 

Research Interests

-Second Language Acquisition
-Audiovisiual Prosody
-Multimodal learning and embodied cognition
-Gesture studies
-L2 Phonology

-Cognitive Neuroscience
-Sociolinguistics

Current Projects

- The prosodic and pragmatic features of beat gestures in English and French
- The integration of pitch accents and beat gestures in L1 and L2 (English and Catalan)
- The cognitive benefits of beat gestures in L1 and L2 (English and French)
- Beat gestures and phonological awareness in French learners of English 


Communications

2018

Rohrer, P. L., Prieto, P. & Delais-Roussarie, E. (2018). L'influence des gestes de battements sur la prononciation d'une langue étrangère: Le cas de la technique de shadowing". Poster presentation at Journées d'Etudes ReAL2: Dimension sonore et acquisition des L2. Université de Nantes: Nantes (France), December 6-7.

Prieto, P., Cravotta, A., Kushch, O., Rohrer, P. L., & Vilà-Giménez, I. (2018). "Una proposta d'etiquetatge de la prominència gestual i prosòdica: els gestos rítmics". Oral presentation at Xè Workshop sobre la prosòdia del català. Universitat de Barcelona: Barcelona, June 28.

Llanes-Coromina, J., Prieto, P., &  Rohrer, P. L. (2018). "Brief training with rhythmic beat gestures helps L2 pronunciation in a reading aloud task." Proceedings from the 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody. Poznań: Poland.

Prieto P., Cravotta, A., Kushch, O., Rohrer, P. L., & Vilà-Giménez, I. (2018). "Deconstructing beat gestures: a labelling proposal." Proceedings from the 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody. Poznań: Poland.

 

2017

Rohrer, P. L. (2017). "Grounded cognition of prosodic elements via gesture: Preliminary evidence in a French learner of English". Poster presentation at L2 Phonetics and Phonology by Romance Learners (L2PHROL). University of Turin: Turin (Italy), November 16-17.

Rohrer, P. L. (2017). "The Use of Gesture in the Acquisition of English Prosody by a French Student in Tandem Language Learning". Oral presentation at Tandem Language and Intercultural Learning in Higher or Secondary Education Settings (ALCTES). Université Paris III - La Sorbonne Nouvelle: Paris (France), March 23-24.

 

 


   

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