Gesture and the Dynamic Dimension of Language

Essays in honor of David McNeill

| University of Chicago
| Northwestern University
| University of Connecticut - Stamford
ISBN 9789027228413 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027292506 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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
Table of Contents
I. Introduction
1 Introduction: The Dynamic Dimension of Language
Elena T. Levy, Susan D. Duncan and Justine Cassell
2 On the Origins of Modern Gesture Studies
Adam Kendon
II. Language and Cognition
3 Gesture with Speech and Without it
Susan Goldin-Meadow
4 From Gestures to Signs in the Acquisition of Sign Language
Nini Hoiting and Dan I. Slobin
5 How does Spoken Language Shape Iconic Gestures?
Sotaro Kita and Aslı Özyürek
6 Forgetful or Strategic? The Mystery of the Systematic Avoidance of Reference in the Cartoon Story Narrative
Nobuhiro Furuyama and Kazuki Sekine
7 Metagesture: An Analysis of Theoretical Discourse about Multimodal Language
Fey Parrill
8 Potential Cognitive Universals: Evidence from Head Movements in Turkana
Evelyn McClave
9 Blending in Deception: Tracing Output Back to its Source
Amy Franklin
10 A Dynamic View of Metaphor, Gesture and Thought
Cornelia Müller
11 Second Language Acquisition from a McNeillian Perspective
Gale Stam
III. Environmental Context and Sociality
12 Face-to-face Dialogue as a Micro-social Context: The Example of Motor Mimicry
Janet Bavelas
13 Master Speakers, Master Gesturers: A String Quarter Master Class
John B. Haviland
14 Constructing Spatial Conceptualizations from Limited Input: Evidence from Norwegian Sign Language
Scott K. Liddell and Marit Vogt-Svendsen
15 Environmentally Coupled Gestures
Charles Goodwin
16 Indexing Locations in Gesture: Recalled Stimulus Image and Interspeaker Coordination as Factors Influencing Gesture Form
Irene Kimbara
17 The Role of Iconic Gesture in Semantic Communication and its Theoretical and Practical Implications
Geoffrey Beattie and Heather Shovelton
18 Intersubjectivity in Gestures: The Speaker's Perspective toward the Addressee
Mika Ishino
19 An Integrated Approach to the Study of Convention, Conflict, and Compliance in Interaction
Starkey Duncan
IV. Atypical Minds and Bodies
20 Discourse Focus, Gesture, and Disfluent Aphasia
Susan D. Duncan and Laura Pedelty
21 The Construction of a Temporally Coherent Narrative by an Autistic Adolescent: Co-contributions of Speech, Enactment and Gesture
Elena T. Levy
22 The Body in Communication: Lessons from the Near-Human
Justine Cassell
“[...] 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.”
“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.”
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Communication Studies
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BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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