From Gesture in Conversation to Visible Action as Utterance

Essays in honor of Adam Kendon

| SOAS, University of London
| Lund University
ISBN 9789027212153 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027269270 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
Language use is fundamentally multimodal. Speakers use their hands to point to locations, to represent content and to comment on ongoing talk; they position their bodies to show their orientation and stance in interaction; they use facial displays to comment on what is being said; and they engage in mutual gaze to establish intersubjectivity. This volume brings together studies by leading scholars from several fields on gaze and facial displays, on the relationship between gestures, sign, and language, on pointing and other conventionalized forms of manual expression, on gestures and language evolution, and on gestures in child development. The papers in this collection honor Adam Kendon whose pioneering work has laid the theoretical and methodological foundations for contemporary studies of multimodality, gestures, and utterance visible action.
[Not in series, 188]  2014.  ix, 379 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
A foreword
From gesture in conversation to visible action as utterance
Mandana Seyfeddinipur and Marianne Gullberg
Part I. Gaze and face
Including facial gestures in gesture-speech ensembles
Janet Bavelas, Jennifer Gerwing and Sara Healing
Mutual gaze and recognition: Revisiting Kendon’s “Gaze direction in two-person conversation”
Jürgen Streeck
Part II. Manual gestures – quotable gestures and pointing
Gesture in the communicative ecology of a South African township
Heather Brookes
The emblem as metaphor
David McNeill
Pointing, talk, and the bodies: Reference and joint attention as embodied interactional achievements
Lorenza Mondada
Part III. Manual gestures – their nature and relationship to language
Gesture as “deliberate expressive movement”
Cornelia Müller
On the lower limit of gesture
Mats Andrén
Part IV. Language evolution
The word according to Adam: The role of gesture in language evolution
Michael C. Corballis
The intelligibility of gesture within a framework of co-operative action
Charles Goodwin
Part V. Sign systems
Signs and space in Arandic sand narratives
Jennifer Green
Different strokes: Gesture phrases and gesture units in a family homesign from Chiapas, Mexico
John B. Haviland
Gesture in all its forms: Following in the footsteps of Adam Kendon
Susan Goldin-Meadow
Part VI. Children language development
The development of two pragmatic gestures of the so-called Open Hand Supine family in Italian children
Maria Graziano
How gestures help children to track reference in narrative
Carla Cristilli
Gestures and multimodal development: Some key issues for language acquisition
Michèle Guidetti, Kateřina Fibigerová and Jean-Marc Colletta
Name index
Subject index
“Adam Kendon is one of the key pioneers of interaction and gesture studies. In this exciting volume honouring his work, nearly every facet of his research – from facial to manual gestures, sign language to language evolution – is investigated and pushed into new territory by an outstanding group of international scholars. All students of gesture and interaction will want a copy of this book on their desks.”
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2016. Multimodal complexity in sand story narratives. Narrative Inquiry 26:2  pp. 312 ff. Crossref logo

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Subjects & Metadata

Communication Studies

Communication Studies
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:  2014027401 | Marc record