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Joanna Skubisz is a PhD candidate in Gesture Studies at the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. She holds a grant to conduct her research within the Multimodal Communication and Linguistics section of the ERC-funded “BlackBox” project (led by Prof. Carla Fernandes). She earned her MA degree in German Philology and German as a Foreign Language in 2014 from Bielefeld University, where she also worked in the "Rhythm and timing in dialogue" project of the Bielefeld's Collaborative Research Center 673 (2011-2014). 
Her main research focuses on human non-verbal behavior (e.g. gaze, body posture, hands, and head movement, etc.) in situated actions of a Performing Arts domain. Her current work aims at analyzing language-like phenomena, specifically paralinguistic vocalizations (i.e. non-lexical vocalizations and imitative sounds) and the touch of performers engaged in dance rehearsal session. Her dissertation studies how paralinguistic vocalizations and touch influence the conceptualization of ideas and shape the compositional process emerging in choreographer-dancers encounters.


  • P Philology. Linguistics
  • Gesture Studies
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Dance Practice
  • Paralinguistic vocalizations
  • Touch
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Embodiment
  • Situated Actions

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Research Output at NOVA 2015 2016

  • 4 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 3 Abstract
  • 3 Paper
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Article

A Brief Overview of Formal Body-Movement Annotations in Gesture Studies: From Schemes to Validation

Skubisz, J., 2016, p. 272. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Open Access
4 Citations (Scopus)

The ALICO corpus: analysing the active listener

Skubisz, J., Malisz, Z., Włodarczak, M., Buschmeier, H., Kopp, S. & Wagner, P., 1 Jun 2016, In : Language Resources and Evaluation. 50, 2, p. 411-442 32 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Downloads (Pure)

The Role of Eye Gaze and Body Movements in Turn-Taking during a Contemporary Dance Improvisation

Evola, V., Skubisz, J. & Fernandes, C., 16 Sep 2016, Proceedings of the 3rd European Symposium on Multimodal Communication . Gilmartin, E., Campbell, N. & Cerrato, L. (eds.). Linköping: LiU Press, p. 24-31 7 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Chemical analysis
Decision making

Activities 2018 2018

  • 3 Oral presentation
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Birmingham Statistics for Linguists Summer School

Joanna Skubisz (Participant)
4 Jun 20188 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Creating sense with nonsense: Pervasive use of iconic co-vocalized gestures in artistic settings

Joanna Skubisz (Speaker)
4 Jul 20188 Jul 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Detecting iconic mappings in non-lexical vocalizations, gestures, and touch

Joanna Skubisz (Speaker)
30 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Creating sense with nonsense: The use of iconic co-vocalized gestures in dance practice

Joanna Skubisz (Speaker)
14 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation