Gesture and the Dynamic Dimension of Language
Essays in honor of David McNeill
Each of the 21 chapters in this volume reflects a view of language as a dynamic phenomenon with emergent structure, and in each, gesture is approached as part of language, not an adjunct to it. In this, all of the authors have been influenced by David McNeill's methods for studying natural discourse and by his theory of the human capacity for language. The introductory chapter by Adam Kendon contextualizes McNeill’s research paradigm within a history of earlier gesture studies. Chapters in the first section, Language and Cognition, emphasize what McNeill refers to as the intrapersonal plane. Many of the chapters adduce evidence for McNeill's claim that gestures can serve as a window onto the speaker's mind. Chapters in the second section, Environmental Context and Sociality, emphasize the interpersonal plane and exemplify McNeill's focus on how moment-to-moment language use is determined by contextual factors. The final section of the volume, Atypical Minds and Bodies, concerns lessons to be learned from studies of aphasic patients, autistic children, and artificial humans.
[Gesture Studies, 1] 2007. vi, 328 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
1 Introduction: The Dynamic Dimension of LanguageElena T. Levy, Susan D. Duncan and Justine Cassell | pp. 1–11
2 On the Origins of Modern Gesture StudiesAdam Kendon | pp. 13–28
II. Language and Cognition
3 Gesture with Speech and Without itSusan Goldin-Meadow | pp. 31–49
4 From Gestures to Signs in the Acquisition of Sign LanguageNini Hoiting and Dan I. Slobin | pp. 51–65
5 How does Spoken Language Shape Iconic Gestures?Sotaro Kita and Aslı Özyürek | pp. 67–74
6 Forgetful or Strategic? The Mystery of the Systematic Avoidance of Reference in the Cartoon Story NarrativeNobuhiro Furuyama and Kazuki Sekine | pp. 75–81
7 Metagesture: An Analysis of Theoretical Discourse about Multimodal LanguageFey Parrill | pp. 83–89
8 Potential Cognitive Universals: Evidence from Head Movements in TurkanaEvelyn McClave | pp. 91–98
9 Blending in Deception: Tracing Output Back to its SourceAmy Franklin | pp. 99–108
10 A Dynamic View of Metaphor, Gesture and ThoughtCornelia Müller | pp. 109–116
11 Second Language Acquisition from a McNeillian PerspectiveGale Stam | pp. 117–124
III. Environmental Context and Sociality
12 Face-to-face Dialogue as a Micro-social Context: The Example of Motor MimicryJanet Bavelas | pp. 127–146
13 Master Speakers, Master Gesturers: A String Quarter Master ClassJohn B. Haviland | pp. 147–172
14 Constructing Spatial Conceptualizations from Limited Input: Evidence from Norwegian Sign LanguageScott K. Liddell and Marit Vogt-Svendsen | pp. 173–194
15 Environmentally Coupled GesturesCharles Goodwin | pp. 195–212
16 Indexing Locations in Gesture: Recalled Stimulus Image and Interspeaker Coordination as Factors Influencing Gesture FormIrene Kimbara | pp. 213–220
17 The Role of Iconic Gesture in Semantic Communication and its Theoretical and Practical ImplicationsGeoffrey Beattie and Heather Shovelton | pp. 221–241
18 Intersubjectivity in Gestures: The Speaker's Perspective toward the AddresseeMika Ishino | pp. 243–250
19 An Integrated Approach to the Study of Convention, Conflict, and Compliance in InteractionStarkey Duncan | pp. 251–266
IV. Atypical Minds and Bodies
20 Discourse Focus, Gesture, and Disfluent AphasiaSusan D. Duncan and Laura Pedelty | pp. 269–283
21 The Construction of a Temporally Coherent Narrative by an Autistic Adolescent: Co-contributions of Speech, Enactment and GestureElena T. Levy | pp. 285–301
22 The Body in Communication: Lessons from the Near-HumanJustine Cassell | pp. 303–322
Index | pp. 323–328
“[...] anyone currently in the field of cognitive science or considering entering the field will find the book valuable. [...] For those of you who enjoy thinking about language and enjoy thinking about thinking, you may find this a pleasurable and enduring consequence of having read the book.”
Shelia Kennison and Seongwon Yun, in PsycCRITIQUES, Vol 53(19), 2008.
“I would recommend the book to students and other scholars who want to become acquainted with the research done on the relationship between gesture and language. [...] The book also raises big issues that are important for understanding grammar (syntax, pragmatics and semantics). It opens up new horizons for linguistic research by challenging and renegotiating many generally held assumptions about the nature of language.”
Pentti Haddington, University of Oulu, Finland, on Linguist List 19.1504 (2008)
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