Elements of Meaning in Gesture
Summarizing her pioneering work on the semiotic analysis of gestures in conversational settings, Geneviève Calbris offers a comprehensive account of her unique perspective on the relationship between gesture, speech, and thought. She highlights the various functions of gesture and especially shows how various gestural signs can be created in the same gesture by analogical links between physical and semantic elements. Originating in our world experience via mimetic and metonymic processes, these analogical links are activated by contexts of use and thus lead to a diverse range of semantic constructions rather as, from the components of a Meccano kit, many different objects can be assembled. By (re)presenting perceptual schemata that mediate between the concrete and the abstract, gesture may frequently anticipate verbal formulation. Arguing for gesture as a symbolic system in its own right that interfaces with thought and speech production, Calbris' book brings a challenging new perspective to gesture studies and will be seminal for generations of gesture researchers.
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Chapter 1 The gestural sign and related key concepts
PART I The functions of gesture in relation to speech
Chapter 2 The demarcative function of gesture
Chapter 3 Identifying the referential function of gesture
PART II The systematic organization of gestural signs
Chapter 4 Classification of referential gestures according to their priority components
Chapter 5 Systematic analysis to identify gestural signs
PART IV The gestural sign in utterance
Chapter 9 The gestural sign and speech
Chapter 10 Gesture thought and speech
A semiotic and linguistic perspective on gestures
abstract object action Adam Kendon analogical link analysis backwards body c’est Calbris & Montredon Chapter co-speech gesture coding concrete contextual meaning conveyed cutting different gestures direction edge English word order evoke example Figure fist Frame configuration French frontal plane gaze gestural component gestural expression gestural information gestural referent gestural representation gestural sign gesture represents gesture variants gesture’s hand configuration horizontal plane idea If.d index finger interaction interlocutor Kendon lateral head shake left hand Level Hand Lionel Jospin metaphor metonymy negation nonverbal notion nuances one’s opening orientation palm facing Palm Forwards phatic physical elements polysemous gesture polysign gesture present proprioceptive referential function reflex refusal relation relevant physical feature Right Angle configuration right hand Rigid Hand sagittal axis sagittal plane schema segmentation self-protection semantic derivation semiotic signify simultaneously situation spatial speaker stop symbolic symmetrical Table temporal tion tout transverse axis transverse movement verbal context verbal unit vertical loops vocal