Gesture and the Dynamic Dimension of Language

Essays in honor of David McNeill

Susan D. Duncan | University of Chicago
Justine Cassell | Northwestern University
Elena T. Levy | 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
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“[...] 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
BIC Subject: CFZ – Sign languages, Braille & other linguistic communication
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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