Why Gesture?

How the hands function in speaking, thinking and communicating

| Northeastern Illinois University
| University of Wisconsin - Madison
| Colgate University
ISBN 9789027228499 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027265777 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
Co-speech gestures are ubiquitous: when people speak, they almost always produce gestures. Gestures reflect content in the mind of the speaker, often under the radar and frequently using rich mental images that complement speech. What are gestures doing? Why do we use them? This book is the first to systematically explore the functions of gesture in speaking, thinking, and communicating – focusing on the variety of purposes served for the gesturer as well as for the viewer of gestures. Chapters in this edited volume present a range of diverse perspectives (including neural, cognitive, social, developmental and educational), consider gestural behavior in multiple contexts (conversation, narration, persuasion, intervention, and instruction), and utilize an array of methodological approaches (including both naturalistic and experimental). The book demonstrates that gesture influences how humans develop ideas, express and share those ideas to create community, and engineer innovative solutions to problems.
[Gesture Studies, 7]  2017.  vii, 433 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Understanding gesture: Description, mechanism and function
Spencer D. Kelly, R. Breckinridge Church and Martha W. Alibali
Section 1. The function of gesture production for language
Chapter 2. Representational gestures help speakers package information for speaking
Martha W. Alibali, Amelia Yeo, Autumn Hostetter and Sotaro Kita
Chapter 3. Function and processing of gesture in the context of language
Aslı Özyürek
Chapter 4. The asymmetric redundancy of gesture and speech
J.P. de Ruiter
Chapter 5. Gesture-speech unity: What it is, where it came from
David McNeill
Chapter 5 Supplement. Exchange on gesture-speech unity: What it is, where it came from
Renia Lopez-Ozieblo and David McNeill
Section 2. The function of gesture for cognition and social interaction
Chapter 6. The function of gesture in learning and memory
Susan Wagner Cook and Kimberly M. Fenn
Chapter 7. Gestures highlight perceptual-motor representations in thinking
Autumn Hostetter and Rebecca Boncoddo
Chapter 8. One function of gesture is to make new ideas: The action-cognition transduction hypothesis
Mitchell J. Nathan
Chapter 9. Gesture in socio-moral reasoning
Leanne Beaudoin-Ryan
Chapter 10. Multi-modal communication of common ground: A review of social functions
Judith Holler and Janet Bavelas
Part 2. The function of gesture comprehension
Chapter 11. Exploring the boundaries of gesture-speech integration during language comprehension
Spencer D. Kelly
Chapter 12. Computational gesture research: Studying the functions of gesture in human-agent interaction
Stefan Kopp
Chapter 13. Making and breaking common ground: How teachers use gesture to foster learning in the classroom
Mitchell J. Nathan, Martha W. Alibali and R. Breckinridge Church
Chapter 14. The function of gesture in mathematical and scientific discourse in the classroom
Melissa Singer
Chapter 15. Gesture’s role in learning interactions: A focus on clinical populations
Eve S. LeBarton and Jana Iverson
Chapter 16. The sound of silence: The functions of gestures in pauses in native and non-native interaction
Gale Stam and Marion Tellier
Part 3. Why gesture?
Chapter 17. Understanding gesture as representational action: A functional account of how action and gesture differ with respect to thinking and learning
Miriam A. Novack and Susan Goldin-Meadow
Chapter 18. So how does gesture function in speaking, communication, and thinking?
R. Breckinridge Church and Susan Goldin-Meadow
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2020. New and recent publications. Gesture 19:1  pp. 156 ff. Crossref logo
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2020. Emblem Gestures Improve Perception and Evaluation of Non-native Speech. Frontiers in Psychology 11 Crossref logo
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2019. Communicative responsibility in non-native speech. Overcoming foreign accent in English in religious discourse. Crossroads. A Journal of English Studies :26(3)  pp. 4 ff. Crossref logo
Cravotta, Alice, M. Grazia Busà & Pilar Prieto
2019. Effects of Encouraging the Use of Gestures on Speech. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research 62:9  pp. 3204 ff. Crossref logo
Kim, Zi Hyun & Hedda Lausberg
2018. Koreans and Germans: Cultural Differences in Hand Movement Behaviour and Gestural Repertoire. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research 47:6  pp. 439 ff. Crossref logo
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2020. Emotion matters. Gesture 19:1  pp. 41 ff. Crossref logo
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2020. Exploring meaning-making practices via co-speech gestures in TED Talks. Journal of Visual Literacy 39:3-4  pp. 201 ff. Crossref logo
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Subjects & Metadata

Communication Studies

Communication Studies
BIC Subject: CFB – Sociolinguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN004000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2017001388 | Marc record