Why Gesture?

How the hands function in speaking, thinking and communicating

ORCID logoRuth Breckinridge Church | Northeastern Illinois University
Martha W. Alibali | University of Wisconsin - Madison
Spencer D. Kelly | Colgate University
ISBN 9789027228499 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027265777 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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Co-speech gestures are ubiquitous: when people speak, they almost always produce gestures. Gestures reflect content in the mind of the speaker, often under the radar and frequently using rich mental images that complement speech. What are gestures doing? Why do we use them? This book is the first to systematically explore the functions of gesture in speaking, thinking, and communicating – focusing on the variety of purposes served for the gesturer as well as for the viewer of gestures. Chapters in this edited volume present a range of diverse perspectives (including neural, cognitive, social, developmental and educational), consider gestural behavior in multiple contexts (conversation, narration, persuasion, intervention, and instruction), and utilize an array of methodological approaches (including both naturalistic and experimental). The book demonstrates that gesture influences how humans develop ideas, express and share those ideas to create community, and engineer innovative solutions to problems.
[Gesture Studies, 7] 2017.  vii, 433 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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LAN004000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
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