Gesture and the Dynamic Dimension of Language: Essays in Honor of David McNeill

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Susan D. Duncan, Justine Cassell, Elena Terry Levy
John Benjamins Publishing, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 328 pages
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Each of the 21 chapters in this volume reflects a view of language as a dynamic phenomenon with emergent structure, and in each, gesture is approached as part of language, not an adjunct to it. In this, all of the authors have been influenced by David McNeill's methods for studying natural discourse and by his theory of the human capacity for language. The introductory chapter by Adam Kendon contextualizes McNeill s research paradigm within a history of earlier gesture studies. Chapters in the first section, Language and Cognition, emphasize what McNeill refers to as the intrapersonal plane. Many of the chapters adduce evidence for McNeill's claim that gestures can serve as a window onto the speaker's mind. Chapters in the second section, Environmental Context and Sociality, emphasize the interpersonal plane and exemplify McNeill's focus on how moment-to-moment language use is determined by contextual factors. The final section of the volume, Atypical Minds and Bodies, concerns lessons to be learned from studies of aphasic patients, autistic children, and artificial humans.
 

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Contents

The Dynamic Dimension of Language
3
Gesture with Speech and Without It
31
From Gestures to Signs in the Acquisition of Sign Language
51
How does Spoken Language Shape Iconic Gestures?
67
An Analysis of Theoretical Discourse about
83
Tracing Output Back to Its Source
99
Second Language Acquisition from a McNeillian Perspective
117
The Example
127
Recalled Stimulus Image
213
The Role of Iconic Gesture in Semantic Communication and
221
The Speakers Perspective toward
243
An Integrated Approach to the Study of Convention Conflict
251
Discourse Focus Gesture and Disfluent Aphasia
269
The Construction of a Temporally Coherent Narrative by an Autistic
285
Lessons from the NearHuman
303
Index
323

A String Quarter Master Class
147
Environmentally Coupled Gestures
195

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