Integrating Gestures

The interdisciplinary nature of gesture

| National Louis University
| Kansai Gaidai University, Kobe University and University of Hyogo
ISBN 9789027228451 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
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Gestures are ubiquitous and natural in our everyday life. They convey information about culture, discourse, thought, intentionality, emotion, intersubjectivity, cognition, and first and second language acquisition. Additionally, they are used by non-human primates to communicate with their peers and with humans. Consequently, the modern field of gesture studies has attracted researchers from a number of different disciplines such as anthropology, cognitive science, communication, neuroscience, psycholinguistics, primatology, psychology, robotics, sociology and semiotics. This volume presents an overview of the depth and breadth of current research in gesture. Its focus is on the interdisciplinary nature of gesture. The twenty-six chapters included in the volume are divided into six sections or themes: the nature and functions of gesture, first language development and gesture, second language effects on gesture, gesture in the classroom and in problem solving, gesture aspects of discourse and interaction, and gestural analysis of music and dance.

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[Gesture Studies, 4]  2011.  viii, 372 pp.
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Table of Contents
Part I. Nature and functions of gestures
Chapter 1. Introduction
Mika Ishino and Gale Stam
Chapter 2. Addressing the problems of intentionality and granularity in non-human primate gesture
Erica A. Cartmill and Richard W. Byrne
Chapter 3. Birth of a Morph
David McNeill and Claudia Sowa
Chapter 4. Dyadic evidence for grounding with abstract deictic gestures
Janet Bavelas, Jennifer Gerwing, Meredith Allison and Chantelle Sutton
Chapter 5. If you don’t already know, I’m certainly not going to show you! Motivation to communicate affects gesture production
Autumn Hostetter, Martha W. Alibali and Sheree M. Schrager
Chapter 6. Measuring the formal diversity of hand gestures by their hamming distance
Katharina Hogrefe, Wolfram Ziegler and Georg Goldenberg
Chapter 7. ‘Parallel gesturing’ in adult-child conversations
Maria Graziano, Adam Kendon and Carla Cristilli
Part II. First language development and gesture
Chapter 8. Sentences and conversations before speech? Gestures of preverbal children reveal cognitive and social skills that do not wait for words
Claire D. Vallotton
Chapter 9. Giving a nod to social cognition: Developmental constraints on the emergence of conventional gestures and infant signs
Maria Fusaro and Claire D. Vallotton
Chapter 10. Sensitivity of maternal gesture to interlocutor and context
Maria Zammit and Graham Schafer
Chapter 11. The organization of children’s pointing stroke endpoints
Mats Andrén
Chapter 12. Is there an iconic gesture spurt at 26 months?
Şeyda Özçalışkan and Susan Goldin-Meadow
Chapter 13. The development of spatial perspective in the description of large-scale environments
Kazuki Sekine
Chapter 14. Learning to use gesture in narratives: Developmental trends in formal and semantic gesture competence
Olga Capirci, Carla Cristilli, V. De Angelis and Maria Graziano
Chapter 15. The changing role of gesture form and function in a picture book interaction between a child with autism and his support teacher
Hannah Sowden, Michael R. Perkins and Judy Clegg
Part III. Second language effects on gesture
Chapter 16. A cross-linguistic study of verbal and gestural descriptions in French and Japanese monolingual and bilingual children
Meghan Zvaigzne, Yuriko Oshima-Takane, Fred Genesee and Makiko Hirakawa
Chapter 17. Gesture and language shift on the Uruguayan-Brazilian border
Kendra Newbury
Part IV. Gesture in the classroom and in problem-solving
Chapter 18. Seeing the graph vs. being the graph: Gesture, engagement and awareness in school mathematics
Susan Gerofsky
Chapter 19. How gesture use enables intersubjectivity in the classroom
Mitchell J. Nathan and Martha W. Alibali
Chapter 20. Microgenesis of gestures during mental rotation tasks recapitulates ontogenesis
Mingyuan Chu and Sotaro Kita
Part V. Gesture aspects of discourse and interaction
Chapter 21. Gesture and discourse: How we use our hands to introduce versus refer back
Stephani Foraker
Chapter 22. Speakers’ use of ‘action’ and ‘entity’ gestures with definite and indefinite references
Katie Wilkin and Judith Holler
Chapter 23. “Voices” and bodies: Investigating nonverbal parameters of the participation framework
Claire Maury-Rouan
Chapter 24. Gestures in overlap: The situated establishment of speakership
Lorenza Mondada and Florence Oloff
Part VI. Gestural analysis of music and dance
Chapter 25. Music and leadership: The choir conductor’s multimodal communication
Isabella Poggi
Chapter 26. Handjabber: Exploring metaphoric gesture and non-verbal communication via an interactive art installation
Ellen Campana, Jessica Mumford, Cristóbal Martínez, Stjepan Rajko, Todd Ingalls, Lisa Tolentino and Harvey Thornburg
Name index
Subject index
“After decades of methodological self-reflection, the field of gesture studies has now reached a stage which allows steady accumulation of empirically based knowledge. The present volume gives an impressive survey of the kinds and functions of gestures occurring in humans and other primates and introduces the reader into the leading paradigms of contemporary gesture research. The contributors include prominent gesture researchers as well as promising young professionals with an interdisciplinary background and exemplify the successful international cooperation taking place in this fascinating field. The volume is of particular value for readers interested in first and second language development, social cognition, and problem-solving by means of gestures.”
“This outstanding volume presents a vast overview of contemporary research on gesture, covering multiple disciplines and different theoretical and methodological perspectives. It demonstrates the breadth and sophistication of studies that examine visible bodily actions and their intricate relationship to communication and cognition. A treasure trove of observations concerning forms and functions of gestures, their role in development, interaction, problem-solving, and even music-making, it's a volume to return to again and again. Essential reading for all interested in the nature and function of gestures!”
“The study of gesture as a phenomenon has been the focus of much work, but as Integrating Gestures shows so well, the study of gesture has implications for a wider range of fields, including conversation analysis, child language acquisition, cognitive linguistics and semantics, than just the study of gesture in and of itself. [...] This collection of papers is a wonderful celebration of the heterogeneous nature of research currently being undertaken on gesture.”
Integrating Gestures shows us the great strides that gesture researchers have made in recent years, exploring the most diverse realms of human interaction and social and cognitive life. Gesture, perhaps our most ancient means of making sense together, has lost neither its appeal nor its relevance in this age of new media.”
“This collection both advances knowledge of each of these individual themes, and highlights an

integrative agenda for future research.”
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Balconi, Michela & Giulia Fronda
2021. Inter-brain EEG connectivity in hyperscanning for Italian and French gestures: the culture-related nonverbal language. Culture and Brain Crossref logo
Child, Simon, Anna Theakston & Simone Pika
2014. How do modelled gestures influence preschool children’s spontaneous gesture production?. Gesture 14:1  pp. 1 ff. Crossref logo
Debras, Camille
2021. How to prepare the video component of the Diachronic Corpus of Political Speeches for multimodal analysis. Research in Corpus Linguistics 9:1  pp. 132 ff. Crossref logo
Gawne, Lauren & Barbara F. Kelly
2014. Revisiting Significant Action and Gesture Categorization. Australian Journal of Linguistics 34:2  pp. 216 ff. Crossref logo
Lemmer, Karina & Marth Munro
2019. The L1–L2 tension in performance: towards prosodic explorations to facilitate intent. South African Theatre Journal 32:3  pp. 300 ff. Crossref logo
Lundborg, Göran
2014.  In The Hand and the Brain,  pp. 49 ff. Crossref logo
Matoesian, Gregory & Kristin Gilbert
2016. Multifunctionality of hand gestures and material conduct during closing argument. Gesture 15:1  pp. 79 ff. Crossref logo
Ortega, Samuel A. Navarro
2017.  In Comprehending and Speaking about Motion in L2 Spanish,  pp. 71 ff. Crossref logo
Ribeiro De Mello, Heliana
2014.  In Spoken Corpora and Linguistic Studies [Studies in Corpus Linguistics, 61],  pp. 27 ff. Crossref logo

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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2010051882 | Marc record