How the hands function in speaking, thinking and communicating
R. Breckinridge Church | Northeastern Illinois University
Martha W. Alibali | University of Wisconsin - Madison
Spencer D. Kelly | Colgate University
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
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Understanding gesture: Description, mechanism and functionSpencer D. Kelly, R. Breckinridge Church and Martha W. Alibali | pp. 3–10
Part 1. The function of gesture production
Section 1. The function of gesture production for language
Chapter 2. Representational gestures help speakers package information for speakingMartha W. Alibali, Amelia Yeo, Autumn B. Hostetter and Sotaro Kita | pp. 15–37
Chapter 3. Function and processing of gesture in the context of languageAslı Özyürek | pp. 39–58
Chapter 4. The asymmetric redundancy of gesture and speechJ.P. de Ruiter | pp. 59–75
Chapter 5. Gesture-speech unity: What it is, where it came fromDavid McNeill | pp. 77–101
Chapter 5 Supplement. Exchange on gesture-speech unity: What it is, where it came fromRenia Lopez-Ozieblo and David McNeill | pp. 103–125
Section 2. The function of gesture for cognition and social interaction
Chapter 6. The function of gesture in learning and memorySusan Wagner Cook and Kimberly M. Fenn | pp. 129–153
Chapter 7. Gestures highlight perceptual-motor representations in thinkingAutumn B. Hostetter and Rebecca Boncoddo | pp. 155–174
Chapter 8. One function of gesture is to make new ideas: The action-cognition transduction hypothesisMitchell J. Nathan | pp. 175–196
Chapter 9. Gesture in socio-moral reasoningLeanne Beaudoin-Ryan | pp. 197–212
Chapter 10. Multi-modal communication of common ground: A review of social functionsJudith Holler and Janet Bavelas | pp. 213–240
Part 2. The function of gesture comprehension
Chapter 11. Exploring the boundaries of gesture-speech integration during language comprehensionSpencer D. Kelly | pp. 243–265
Chapter 12. Computational gesture research: Studying the functions of gesture in human-agent interactionStefan Kopp | pp. 267–284
Chapter 13. Making and breaking common ground: How teachers use gesture to foster learning in the classroomMitchell J. Nathan, Martha W. Alibali and R. Breckinridge Church | pp. 285–316
Chapter 14. The function of gesture in mathematical and scientific discourse in the classroomMelissa Singer | pp. 317–329
Chapter 15. Gesture’s role in learning interactions: A focus on clinical populationsEve S. LeBarton and Jana M. Iverson | pp. 331–351
Chapter 16. The sound of silence: The functions of gestures in pauses in native and non-native interactionGale Stam and Marion Tellier | pp. 353–377
Part 3. Why gesture? Some theoretical implications
Chapter 17. Understanding gesture as representational action: A functional account of how action and gesture differ with respect to thinking and learningMiriam A. Novack and Susan Goldin-Meadow | pp. 381–396
Chapter 18. So how does gesture function in speaking, communication, and thinking?R. Breckinridge Church and Susan Goldin-Meadow | pp. 397–412
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LAN004000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number: 2017001388 | Marc record