Integrating Gestures

The interdisciplinary nature of gesture

Gale Stam | National Louis University
Mika Ishino | Kansai Gaidai University, Kobe University and University of Hyogo
ISBN 9789027228451 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
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Gestures are ubiquitous and natural in our everyday life. They convey information about culture, discourse, thought, intentionality, emotion, intersubjectivity, cognition, and first and second language acquisition. Additionally, they are used by non-human primates to communicate with their peers and with humans. Consequently, the modern field of gesture studies has attracted researchers from a number of different disciplines such as anthropology, cognitive science, communication, neuroscience, psycholinguistics, primatology, psychology, robotics, sociology and semiotics. This volume presents an overview of the depth and breadth of current research in gesture. Its focus is on the interdisciplinary nature of gesture. The twenty-six chapters included in the volume are divided into six sections or themes: the nature and functions of gesture, first language development and gesture, second language effects on gesture, gesture in the classroom and in problem solving, gesture aspects of discourse and interaction, and gestural analysis of music and dance.

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[Gesture Studies, 4] 2011.  viii, 372 pp.
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“After decades of methodological self-reflection, the field of gesture studies has now reached a stage which allows steady accumulation of empirically based knowledge. The present volume gives an impressive survey of the kinds and functions of gestures occurring in humans and other primates and introduces the reader into the leading paradigms of contemporary gesture research. The contributors include prominent gesture researchers as well as promising young professionals with an interdisciplinary background and exemplify the successful international cooperation taking place in this fascinating field. The volume is of particular value for readers interested in first and second language development, social cognition, and problem-solving by means of gestures.”
“This outstanding volume presents a vast overview of contemporary research on gesture, covering multiple disciplines and different theoretical and methodological perspectives. It demonstrates the breadth and sophistication of studies that examine visible bodily actions and their intricate relationship to communication and cognition. A treasure trove of observations concerning forms and functions of gestures, their role in development, interaction, problem-solving, and even music-making, it's a volume to return to again and again. Essential reading for all interested in the nature and function of gestures!”
“The study of gesture as a phenomenon has been the focus of much work, but as Integrating Gestures shows so well, the study of gesture has implications for a wider range of fields, including conversation analysis, child language acquisition, cognitive linguistics and semantics, than just the study of gesture in and of itself. [...] This collection of papers is a wonderful celebration of the heterogeneous nature of research currently being undertaken on gesture.”
Integrating Gestures shows us the great strides that gesture researchers have made in recent years, exploring the most diverse realms of human interaction and social and cognitive life. Gesture, perhaps our most ancient means of making sense together, has lost neither its appeal nor its relevance in this age of new media.”
“This collection both advances knowledge of each of these individual themes, and highlights an
integrative agenda for future research.”
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Balconi, Michela & Giulia Fronda
2022. Inter-brain EEG connectivity in hyperscanning for Italian and French gestures: the culture-related nonverbal language. Culture and Brain 10:1  pp. 56 ff. DOI logo
Child, Simon, Anna Theakston & Simone Pika
Debras, Camille
2018. Petits et grands corpus en analyse linguistique des gestes. Corpus :18 DOI logo
Debras, Camille
2021. How to prepare the video component of the Diachronic Corpus of Political Speeches for multimodal analysis. Research in Corpus Linguistics 9:1  pp. 132 ff. DOI logo
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2014. Revisiting Significant Action and Gesture Categorization. Australian Journal of Linguistics 34:2  pp. 216 ff. DOI logo
Lemmer, Karina & Marth Munro
2019. The L1–L2 tension in performance: towards prosodic explorations to facilitate intent. South African Theatre Journal 32:3  pp. 300 ff. DOI logo
Lundborg, Göran
2014. The Intelligent Hand: An Extension of the Brain. In The Hand and the Brain,  pp. 49 ff. DOI logo
Matoesian, Gregory & Kristin Gilbert
Ortega, Samuel A. Navarro
2017. Motion Events in the Speech + Gesture Interface. In Comprehending and Speaking about Motion in L2 Spanish,  pp. 71 ff. DOI logo
Ribeiro De Mello, Heliana
2014. Methodological issues for spontaneous speech corpora compilation. In Spoken Corpora and Linguistic Studies [Studies in Corpus Linguistics, 61],  pp. 27 ff. DOI logo
Zohar, Roni, Ofer Karp, Tchiya Ben-Joseph & Ehud Ahissar
2023. Predictive Eye Movements Characterize Active, Not Passive, Participation in the Collective Embodied Learning of a Scientific Concept. Applied Sciences 13:15  pp. 8627 ff. DOI logo

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Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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