Edited by R. Breckinridge Church, Martha W. Alibali and Spencer D. Kelly
[Gesture Studies 7] 2017
► pp. 3–10
Chapter 1Understanding gesture
Description, mechanism and function
Gestures offer additional information that is not captured in speech. This essential finding is a bouncing off point for the chapters in this book, which attempt to explain what purpose gesture serves when we speak, think and communicate. Aristotle’s framework is used to describe how the research on gesture can be classified into efficient causes (what factors drive gesture) and final causes (what purpose does gesture potentially serve). The chapters of the book are laid out by research that examines how gesture functions in language and thinking for the producer (Part 1) and the observer (Part 2) with a final section that discusses some theoretical implications (Part 3).
- Mechanisms of gesture
- Functions for gesture
- Structure of the book
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