Invited talks


March 2017            Robot-based intervention program for promoting gestural communication skills in children with autism spectrum disorders. 

                             Linguistic Forum organized by University of Chicago. 


June 2010             Who does what to whom: Reference making in multi-modal discourse: 

                            Conference on Culture and Cognition in Asia II: Performative gestures in religion and science, organized by Asia Research Institute at National 

                            University of Singapore


May 2010              Reference making in multi-modal discourse. Seminar organized by Department of Psychology at Seoul National University, South Korea.


Sept 2009             Semantic coordination between gestures and speech. 

                            Seminar organized by Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences at University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.


Sept 2006             Seminar in Department of Psychology, National University of Singapore, Singapore


Sept 2006             Seminar in Department of Psychology, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore

 

Symposium Organized


Organizer and Chair, “Cognitive and pragmatic constraints in early child argument representation in speech and gesture”, Symposium organized for Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, MA, March, 2007

 

Chair, one of the symposiums organized for Conference on Bilingual Acquisition in Early Childhood, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2008.

 

Organizer and Chair, "The role and universality of discourse-pragmatic principles in referential expression in speech and gesture", Symposium organized for Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO, 2009

 

 

Selected Conference Presentations

So, W.C. & Wong, M.K. (2016). Tracing the Development of Spatial Grammar in the Manual Modality: Nonsigning children use spatial device in their gestures. Paper  presented in the 7th Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies, Paris, France. 


Lam, K.Y., Wong, M.K., Cabibihan, J-J., Chan, H.Y., Wong, C., Lee, T.Z., Ng, P., Chui, T.F., Leung, W., Chan, C.H., So, W.C. (2016). Using an animated social robot to promote gestural recognition and production skills in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Paperpresented in the 7th Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies, Paris, France. 


Ng, M.M.R., Goh, W., Yap, J.M., Tse, C.S., So, W.C. (2016). Using gestures to prime the mental timeline. Paper  presented in the 7th Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies, Paris, France. 


So, W.C. (2015). Gesture Gives Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) 

a Helping Hand. Paper presented in the International Symposium on Cognitive and Developmental Neuroscience: From Molecule to Behaviour. The Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Chiu, H. M.,  Chui, H. C. A., Wong, M. K. Y., Chan, M. M. K., & So, W.C. (2015). Effective Way to Improve Competence in Answering Questions Among Children with ASD: Repeat Your Question or Gesture? Poster presented in The International Meeting for Autism Research 2015 (IMFAR)


So, W.C., Wong, M.K.Y., 1, Chan, M. M. K., & Au, R. H. Y. (2015). The Development of Co-Speech Gesture and Its Semantic Integration with Speech in Six- to 12-Year-Old Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Poster  presented in The International Meeting for Autism Research 2015 (IMFAR)


Xie, J., Huang, Y., Tse, C.S., & So, W.C. (2014). Revisiting the space-time metaphoric association: Does the movement of spatial reference frames matter? Poster presented in the 55th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. Long Beach.


So, W.C., Ip, K.Y, & Shum, P. (2014). The beneficial roles of gesture vs. spatial language in spatial recall. Paper presented in the Sixth Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies, 8-11/7 2014, San Diego, US.

Shum, P., Ip, K.Y., & So, W.C. (2014). The relationship between gesture frequency and spatial recall. Paper presented in the Sixth Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies, 8-11/7 2014, San Diego, US.

Choi, B., Kwong, E., Chong, A., Chan, S., Sit, H., Chiu, H.M., Wong, T.K., & So, W.C. (2014). Perception of gesture space in autistic children. Poster presented in the Sixth Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies, 8-11/7 2014, San Diego, US.

Ng, Melvin, Goh, W., Yap, M., Tse, C.S., & So, W.C. (2014). The past and future are in your hands: How gestures affect our understanding of temporal concepts. Paper presented at the 6th Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies. 

Chong, W.L., Shumeng, H., Ka Ho, C., Wong, W.C., & So, W.C. (2014). Caregivers' verbal and nonverbal scaffolding effect on children's learning in tasks varied with difficulty. Paper presented in the Sixth Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies, 8-11/7 2014, San Diego, US.

Chong, A., Choi, B., Kwong, E., Chan, J., Chong, I., Ip, M., Yeung, C., & So, W.C. (2013). Producing gestures facilitates encoding of spatial relation. Poster presented in the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society


Hou, S., Lam, Z., & So, W.C. (2013) The effects of caregivers' instruction on children's learning in easy and difficult tasks. Poster presented in the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society


So, W.C., Vong, Q, T., Ching, T. (2012). The role of action in learning spatial sequence: Relative effectiveness of gesturing vs. drawing. Paper presented in the Fifth Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies, 24-27/7 2012, Lund, Sweden.


Ng, M., Lim, P. & So, W.C. (2012). Producing gestures when stuttering facilitates speaking. Paper presented in the Fifth Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies, 24-27/7 2012, Lund, Sweden.


Lim, K.M., & So, W.C. (2012). Motor experience increases gesture rate: Does the type of motor movement matter? Paper presented in the Fifth Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies, 24-27/7 2012, Lund, Sweden.


So, W.C., Tan, S.H., & Lim, J.Y. (2012). Sensitivity to information status in discourse: Gesture precedes speech in unbalanced bilinguals. Paper presented in the Conference on Bilingualism and Comparative Linguistics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 15-16 May 2012


Angeleri, R., So, C., & Goldin-Meadow, S. (2011). Il ruolo disambiguante del gesto nelle parole dei bambini: Uno studio cross-linguistico. Congresso Nazionale AIP, Sezione di Psicologia dello Sviluppo e dell’Educazione, Genova, 17-19 September 2011.


So, W.C. (2011). Simulating a route with your index finger: Effect of mental rehearsal on spatial

memory. Paper presented in 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society


Yeo, A & So, W.C. "Do deictic gestures faciliate memory?". Poster presented in the 4th Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies (ISGS) (25 - 30 Jul 2010, European University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder, Frankfurt, Germany)


Yeo, A & So, W.C. "Gestures faciliate memory recall of object features". Poster presented in the 4th Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies (ISGS) (25 - 30 Jul 2010, European University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder, Frankfurt, Germany)


Eustaquio, A., So, W.C., Sim, C., & Low, W.S. "Iconic gestures aid memory in

five-year-old children". Poster presented in the 4th Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies (ISGS) (25 - 30 Jul 2010, European University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder, Frankfurt, Germany)


Yap, D. F., & So, W.C. "Iconic gestures prime words". Paper presented in the 4th Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies (ISGS) (, European University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder, Frankfurt, Germany)


So, W.C., Sotaro Kita, & Susan Goldin-Meadow, "Semantic coordination between speech

and gesture: Insights into mental representation of discourse entities in bilinguals ." Paper  presented in the 4th Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies (ISGS) (25 - 30 Jul 2010, European University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder, Frankfurt, Germany)


So, W.C. & LIM, J.Y. “What is this?” Gesture as a potential cue to identify referents in

discourse”". Paper presented in the 4th Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies (ISGS) (25 - 30 Jul 2010, European University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder, Frankfurt, Germany)


Yap, D. F., & So, W.C. "Iconic gestures resolve lexical ambiguity: Comparison of

gestures accompanying homonyms and non-homonyms". Paper presented in the 4th Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies (ISGS) (, European University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder, Frankfurt, Germany)


Cabibihan, J.J., So, W.C., Nazar, M., & Ge, S.S. (2009). "Pointing Gestures for a Robot Mediated Communication Interface". International Conference on Intelligent Robotics and Applications, 16 - 18 Dec 2009, Singapore.

 

So, W.C., Demir, E., & Goldin-Meadow, S. (2009). Development of sensitivity to discourse-pragmatic principles in gestures. Paper  presented in the Society for Research in Child Development.

 

Demir, E., So, W.C., & Goldin-Meadow, S. (2009). A Cross-linguistic Investigation of Preschoolers Referring Expressions in Speech and Gesture. Paper presented in the Society for Research in Child Development.

 

So, W.C., Sotaro, K., Goldin-Meadow, S. (2008). Reference tracking by hands in discourse units. Paper presented in the International Conference of Language, Cognition, and Communication at University of Brighton, UK.

 

So, W.C., Demir E., & Goldin-Meadow, S. (2008). Speaking and Gesturing under Discourse Constraints in Early Childhood. Paper  presented in XI International Congress For The Study Of Child Language (IASCL).

 

Demir E., So. W.C., & Goldin-Meadow, S. (2008). Preschoolers’ Use of Referring Expressions in Speech and in Gesture: Sensitivity to Extralinguistic Context. Poster presented in XI International Congress For The Study Of Child Language (IASCL).

  

Angeleri R., Demir E., So C. & Goldin-Meadow S. (2007).  L’argomento verbale nelle parole e nei gesti dei bambini: Uno studio cross-linguistico. Congresso Nazionale AIP, Como, 17-19 settembre 2007. 

 

So, W.C., Demir, E., Goldin-Meadow, S., Ozyurek, A. (2007). Gone from the Charts but not from Our Hears: Cross-Linguistic Differences in Gestural Representation of Linguistic Arguments. Paper presented in the Society for Research in Child Development.

 

Duncan, S., Esposito, A., Franklin, A, Rohlfing, K, So, W.C., Sowa, C., & Almutawa, S. (2007). Gesture and speech in two discourse genres: A cross-cultural comparison of Arabic, Chinese, English, Italian, and German speakers. Paper presented in the International Society for Gesture Studies.

 

Demir, E., & So, W.C. (2006). “What's hidden in the hands? How children use gesture to convey arguments in a motion event”. Paper presented at the 31st Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development.

 

Coppola, M. & So, W.C. (2005). The seeds of spatial grammar in the manual modality. Paper presented at the 30th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development.

 

So, W.C., & Tardif, T. (2005). Achieving False Belief Understanding in Cantonese: Mastery of Syntactic Complements or General Language Abilities? Poster presented at 2005 SRCD Biennial Meeting”.

 

Coppola, M. & So, W.C. (2004). Abstract vs. object-anchored deixis: Competing pressures in adult homesign systems. Paper presented at the 29th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development.

 

So, W.C., Coppola, M., & Goldin-Meadow, S. (2004). Use of gesture space in discourse. Poster presented at the American Psychological Science Convention