Language and Gesture

Language and Gesture

by David McNeill
     
 

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… See more details below

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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
Introduction1
1Pointing, gesture spaces, and mental maps13
2Language and gesture: unity or duality?47
3The influence of addressee location on spatial language and representational gestures of direction64
4Gesture, aphasia, and interaction84
5Gestural interaction between the instructor and the learner in origami instruction99
6Gestures, knowledge, and the world118
7Growth points in thinking-for-speaking141
8How representational gestures help speaking162
9Where do most spontaneous representational gestures actually occur with respect to speech?186
10Gesture production during stuttered speech: insights into the nature of gesture-speech integration199
11The role of gestures and other graded language forms in the grounding of reference in perception215
12Gesture and the transition from one- to two-word speech: when hand and mouth come together235
13Lexical gestures and lexical access: a process model261
14The production of gesture and speech284
15Catchments and contexts: non-modular factors in speech and gesture production312
16Blended spaces and deixis in sign language discourse331
17Gestural precursors to linguistic constructs: how input shapes the form of language358
18Gesture to sign (language)388
Index400

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