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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

  • 5 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 3 Abstract
  • 2 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Conference contribution
Open Access
  • 17 Downloads (Pure)

    Performance mode under the microscope: a cognitive semiotic analysis of eye gaze and other body movements in a contemporary dance improvisation

    Fernandes, C., Evola, V. & Skubisz, J., 2019, Recent Perspectives on Gesture and Multimodality. Galhano-Rodrigues, I., Zagar Galvão, E. & Cruz-Santos, A. (eds.). Cambridge Scholars Publishing, New Castle, United Kingdom, p. 121-135 15 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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

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

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

    Open Access
  • 1 Downloads (Pure)

    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

  • 5 Citations (Scopus)

    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
  • 1 Downloads (Pure)


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

    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

    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