Language and Gesture

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Overview

This landmark study examines the role of gestures in relation to speech and thought. Leading scholars, including psychologists, linguists and anthropologists, offer state-of-the-art analyses to demonstrate that gestures are not merely an embellishment of speech but are integral parts of language itself. Language and gesture offers a wide range of theoretical approaches, with emphasis not simply on behavioral descriptions but also on the underlying processes. The book has strong cross-linguistic and cross-cultural components, examining gestures by speakers of Mayan, Australian, East Asian as well as English and other European languages. The content is diverse including chapters on gestures during aphasia and severe stuttering, the first emergence of speech-gesture combinations of children, and a section on sign language. In a rapidly growing field of study this volume opens up the agenda for research into a new approach to understanding language, thought and society.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521777612
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Series: Language Culture and Cognition Series , #2
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Pointing, gesture spaces, and mental maps 13
2 Language and gesture: unity or duality? 47
3 The influence of addressee location on spatial language and representational gestures of direction 64
4 Gesture, aphasia, and interaction 84
5 Gestural interaction between the instructor and the learner in origami instruction 99
6 Gestures, knowledge, and the world 118
7 Growth points in thinking-for-speaking 141
8 How representational gestures help speaking 162
9 Where do most spontaneous representational gestures actually occur with respect to speech? 186
10 Gesture production during stuttered speech: insights into the nature of gesture-speech integration 199
11 The role of gestures and other graded language forms in the grounding of reference in perception 215
12 Gesture and the transition from one- to two-word speech: when hand and mouth come together 235
13 Lexical gestures and lexical access: a process model 261
14 The production of gesture and speech 284
15 Catchments and contexts: non-modular factors in speech and gesture production 312
16 Blended spaces and deixis in sign language discourse 331
17 Gestural precursors to linguistic constructs: how input shapes the form of language 358
18 Gesture to sign (language) 388
Index 400
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