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Gesture: Visible Action as Utterance

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Overview

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.
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"The treatment of the history of gesture studies is among the finest this reviewer has encountered, so the book seems destined to become a classic. Essential." CHOICE June 2005
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521542937
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 412
  • Sales rank: 1,165,773
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam Kendon, one of the world's leading authorities on gesture and communication conduct, is currently a guest of the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science, University of Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

1 The domain of gesture 1
2 Visible action as gesture 7
3 Western interest in gesture from classical antiquity to the eighteenth century 17
4 Four contributions from the nineteenth century : Andrea de Jorio, Edward Tylor, Garrick Mallery and Wilhelm Wundt 43
5 Gesture studies in the twentieth century : recession and return 62
6 Classifying gestures 84
7 Gesture units, gesture phrases and speech 108
8 Deployments of gesture in the utterance 127
9 Gesture and speech in semantic interaction 158
10 Gesture and referential meaning 176
11 On pointing 199
12 Gestures of 'precision grip' : topic, comment and question markers 225
13 Two gesture families of the open hand 248
14 Gesture without speech : the emergence of kinesic codes 284
15 'Gesture' and 'sign' on common ground 307
16 Gesture, culture and the communication economy 326
17 The status of gesture 355
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