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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 PhD student, carrying out his research 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 teaches at the Department of Translation and Language Sciences at UPF, focusing on language (French and English) and Phonetics and Phonology. 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, and their joint contribution to pragmatic meaning from a crosslinguistic perspective. He is also interested in this relationship can lead is processed by native and non-native speakers, particularly in terms of 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 gesture may aide non-native speakers in terms of pronunciation in their L2.

 

Research Interests

  • Audiovisiual Prosody
  • Gesture studies
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Multimodal learning and embodied cognition
  • L2 Phonology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Sociolinguistics

 

Current Projects

  • The MultiModal MultiDimensional (M3D) labeling system for multimodal corpora
  • The prosodic and pragmatic features of non-referential gestures in English and French
  • The online integration of pitch accents and non-referential gestures marking contrastive focus in L1 and L2
  • The effects of non-referential gestures on recall and comprehension in L1 and L2
  • The development of non-referential gestures for marking information structure in children's narratives
  • Embodied shadowing for L2 pronunciation

 

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals

2021

Florit-Pons, J., Vilà-Giménez, I., Rohrer, P. L., & Prieto, P. (submitted). Multimodal development in children's narrative speech: A longitudinal study of referential and temporal aspects of co-speech gesture.

 

2020

Rohrer, P. L., Delais-Roussarie, E., & Prieto, P. (2020). Beat gestures for comprehension and recall: Differential effects of language learners and native listeners. Frontiers in Psychology, 11:575929. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.575929

 

Communications

2020

Florit-Pons, J., Graziano, M., Vilà-Giménez, I., Rohrer, P. L., and Prieto, P. (2020, October 22-23). Crosslinguistic analysis of gesture development in narrative speech [Oral presentation]. GEstures and Head Movements in Language (GEHM) plenary meeting, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Florit-Pons, J., Vilà-Giménez, I., Rohrer, P. L., & Prieto, P. (2020, September 7-9). The developmental and temporal integration of co-speech gesture in narrative speech: A longitudinal study. [Oral presentation] Proceedings of Gesture and Speech in Interaction (GESPIN), Stockholm, Sweden.
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Florit-Pons, J., Vilà-Giménez, I., Rohrer, P. L., & Prieto, P. (2021, January 4-8). The development of non-referential gestures and the ability to mark IS in narrative speech: A longitudinal study [Oral presentation]. Budapest CEU Conference on Cognitive Development (BCCCD), Budapest, Hungary.
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Rohrer, P. L., Delais-Roussarie, E., & Prieto, P. (2020, July 27-29). Beat gestures for recall: Differential effects of language status [Oral presentation]. UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference (UK-CLC). Birmingham, UK.

Rohrer, P. L., Prieto, P., & Delais-Roussarie, E. (2020, April 8-20). Beat gestures and prosodic phrasing in French [Oral presentation]. GLOW43 Workshop: Prosody in Speech Signal, Perception and Gestures, Berlin, Germany. (To see a recording of this presentation, click here)

Rohrer, P. L., Vilà-Giménez, I., Florit-Pons, J., Esteve-Gibert, N., Ren, A., Shattuck-Hufnagel, S., & Prieto, P. (2020, September 7-9). The MultiModal MultiDimensional (M3D) labelling scheme for the annotation of audiovisual corpora [Oral presentation]. Proceedings of Gesture and Speech in Interaction (GESPIN), Stockholm, Sweden.
(To see a recording of this presentation, click here)

 

2019

Baills, F., Rohrer, P. L., & Prieto, P. (2019, October 24-25). Le geste et la voix pour enseigner la prononciation en langue étrangère [Oral presentation]. 2ème Colloque International Enseignement du Français Parlé. Rouen, France.

Domínguez, M., Rohrer, P. L. & Soler-Company, J. (2019, September 15-19). PyToBI: a Toolkit for ToBI Labeling under Python [Oral Presentation]. INTERSPEECH 2019, Graz, Austria.

Gutierrez, S., Rohrer, P. L. & Prieto, P. (2019, June 6-7). The effects of a shadowing vs. listen-and-repeat training on second language pronunciation [Poster presentation]. L2 Pronunciation Research Workshop: Bridging the Gap between Research and Practice, Barcelona, Catalonia. 

Rohrer, P. L., Prieto, P. & Delais-Roussarie, E. (2019). Beat gestures and prosodic domain marking in French. In S. Calhoun, P. Escudero, M. Tabain & P. Warren (Eds.), Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, (pp. 1500-1504). 

Rohrer, P. L., Prieto, P. & Delais-Roussarie, E. (2019, June 17-19). Beat Gestures as Prosodic Domain markers in French: A case study [Poster presentation]. Phonetics and Phonology in Europe (PaPE). Lecce, Italy.

 

2018

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

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

Llanes-Coromina, J., Prieto, P., &  Rohrer, P. L. (2018). Brief training with rhythmic beat gestures helps L2 pronunciation in a reading aloud task. In K. Klessa, J. Bachan, A. Wagner, M. Karpiñski, and D. ´Sledziñski (Eds.), Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody, (pp. 498-502). Vientiane: International Speech Communication Association. doi: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-101.

Prieto P., Cravotta, A., Kushch, O., Rohrer, P. L., & Vilà-Giménez, I. (2018). Deconstructing beat gestures: a labelling proposal. In K. Klessa, J. Bachan, A. Wagner, M. Karpiñski, and D. ´Sledziñski (Eds.), Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody, (pp. 201-205). Vientiane: International Speech Communication Association. doi: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-41

 

2017

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

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

 

 


   

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