Christina Piot (she/her)

Nominated by member scholarly associations of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the 2022 Congress Graduate Merit Awards recognize exceptional graduate students who will be presenting their work at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Photo of Christina Piot, CGMA recipient


Tell us about yourself.

I am a PhD Candidate at the University of Liège (Belgium) and the University of Lille (France).  I am working under the supervision of Prof. Julien Perrez and Prof. Maarten Lemmens. My research area is linguistics and I am interested in motion events and multimodality. 

List the scholarly association(s) of which you are currently a member. 

  • Lilith: Liège – Literature – Linguistics
  • STL: Savoirs, Textes, Langage 

At which conference(s) will you be presenting and/or attending? 

CAANS 2022 

What is the title of your Congress 2022 presentation?  

Gaat Sylvester weg of loopt hij weg? De multimodale uitdrukking van motion events in het Nederlands 

(Is Sylvester going away or is he walking away? The multimodal expression of motion events in Dutch) 

How would you describe the research you will be presenting at Congress 2022 to a non-specialist audience?

Although space is a universal cognitive domain, there is a lot of cross-linguistic variation in the way in which it is described and this variation seems to be reflected in the spontaneous gestures we make while we are talking. My aim is to determine how Dutch speakers, French speakers and French-speaking learners of Dutch describe motion events (e.g. (1) to jump into the water, (2) rentrer dans une pièce en marchant). More specifically, I am looking at how they describe the manner and path of motion in speech (e.g. in (1) MannerVerb jump + PathSatellite into and in (2) PathVerb entrer + MannerSatellite en marchant) and co-speech gestures. 

Share your hopes for Congress 2022.

I am looking forward to knowing more about the Netherlandic studies conducted in Canada and to getting to know the scholars who are presenting at CAANS 2022!