Chapter published in:Why Gesture?: How the hands function in speaking, thinking and communicating
Edited by R. Breckinridge Church, Martha W. Alibali and Spencer D. Kelly
[Gesture Studies 7] 2017
► pp. 15–37
Representational gestures help speakers package information for speaking
The Information Packaging Hypothesis (IPH; Kita, 2000) holds that gesture helps speakers package information into units appropriate for verbalization. When information packaging is more difficult, speakers produce more gestures. Further, manipulations of gesture can affect information packaging. The IPH can also account for gestures that are not redundant with speech; such gestures manifest speakers’ exploration of possibilities for verbalization, and they may indicate unsuccessful or incomplete packaging of perceptual or motoric information in speech. Qualitative analyses of the microgenesis of utterances illustrate how gesture plays a role in conceptualization and packaging of information. The IPH is supported by a large body of evidence and it aligns with contemporary theoretical accounts of the cognitive processes that give rise to gestures.
Published online: 26 April 2017
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