Gesture: Visible Action as Utterance

Gesture: Visible Action as Utterance

by Adam Kendon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521542936

ISBN-13: 9780521542937

Pub. Date: 01/15/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Gesture, or visible bodily action that is seen as intimately involved in the activity of speaking, has long fascinated scholars and laymen alike. Written by a leading authority on the subject, this long-awaited study provides a comprehensive treatment of gesture and its use in interaction, drawing on the analysis of everyday conversations to demonstrate its varied…  See more details below

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Gesture, or visible bodily action that is seen as intimately involved in the activity of speaking, has long fascinated scholars and laymen alike. Written by a leading authority on the subject, this long-awaited study provides a comprehensive treatment of gesture and its use in interaction, drawing on the analysis of everyday conversations to demonstrate its varied role in the construction of utterances. Adam Kendon accompanies his analyses with an extended discussion of the history of the study of gesture - a topic little dealt with in previous publications - as well as exploring the relationship between gesture and sign language, and how the use of gesture varies according to cultural and language differences. Set to become the definitive account of the topic, Gesture will be invaluable to all those interested in human communication. Its publication marks a major development, both in semiotics and in the emerging field of gesture studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521542937
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/15/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
412
Sales rank:
1,283,078
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

1The domain of gesture1
2Visible action as gesture7
3Western interest in gesture from classical antiquity to the eighteenth century17
4Four contributions from the nineteenth century : Andrea de Jorio, Edward Tylor, Garrick Mallery and Wilhelm Wundt43
5Gesture studies in the twentieth century : recession and return62
6Classifying gestures84
7Gesture units, gesture phrases and speech108
8Deployments of gesture in the utterance127
9Gesture and speech in semantic interaction158
10Gesture and referential meaning176
11On pointing199
12Gestures of 'precision grip' : topic, comment and question markers225
13Two gesture families of the open hand248
14Gesture without speech : the emergence of kinesic codes284
15'Gesture' and 'sign' on common ground307
16Gesture, culture and the communication economy326
17The status of gesture355

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