Gesture Visible Action as Utterance

ISBN-10: 0521542936
ISBN-13: 9780521542937
Edition: 2004
Authors: Adam Kendon
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Book details

List price: $72.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/23/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 412
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Gesture, or visible bodily action intimately involved in the activity of speaking, has long fascinated scholars and laymen alike. Written by a leading authority on the subject, this book draws on the analysis of everyday conversations to demonstrate the varied role of gestures in the construction of utterances. Publication of this definitive account of the topic marks a major development in semiotics as well as in the emerging field of gesture studies.

The domain of gesture
Visible action as gesture
Western interest in gesture from classical antiquity to the eighteenth century
Four contributions from the nineteenth century
Gesture studies in the twentieth century: recession and return
Classifying gestures
Gesture units, gesture phrases and speech
Deployments of gesture in the utterance
Gesture and speech in semantic interaction
Gesture and referential meaning
On pointing
Gestures of the 'precision-grip': topic, comment and question markers
Two gesture families of the open hand
Gesture without speech: the emergence of kinesic codes
Gesture and sign on common ground
Gesture, culture and the communication economy
The status of gesture
Transcription conventions
The recordings

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