Elements of Meaning in Gesture

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John Benjamins Publishing, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 378 pages
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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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 The gestural sign and related key concepts
9
PART I The functions of gesture in relation to speech
35
Chapter 2 The demarcative function of gesture
37
Chapter 3 Identifying the referential function of gesture
57
PART II The systematic organization of gestural signs
73
Chapter 4 Classification of referential gestures according to their priority components
75
Chapter 5 Systematic analysis to identify gestural signs
101
PART IV The gestural sign in utterance
243
Chapter 9 The gestural sign and speech
245
Chapter 10 Gesture thought and speech
287
Conclusion
343
References
355
Appendix A
363
Appendix B
364
A semiotic and linguistic perspective on gestures
367

PART III The Symbolic Relations between Gestures and Notions
125
Chapter 6 Different gestures represent one notion Variation
127
Chapter 7 One gesture represents different notions
163
Chapter 8 The analogical links between gestures and notions
197

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