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Gesture : Visible Action as Utterance - Adam Kendon


Visible Action as Utterance

Hardcover Published: 1st September 2004
ISBN: 9780521835251
Number Of Pages: 412

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Gesture, or visible bodily action that is seen as intimately involved in the activity of speaking, has long fascinated scholars and laymen alike. Written by a leading authority on the subject, this long-awaited study provides a comprehensive treatment of gesture and its use in interaction, drawing on the analysis of everyday conversations to demonstrate its varied role in the construction of utterances. Adam Kendon accompanies his analyses with an extended discussion of the history of the study of gesture - a topic not dealt with in any previous publication - as well as exploring the relationship between gesture and sign language, and how the use of gesture varies according to cultural and language differences. Set to become the definitive account of the topic, Gesture will be invaluable to all those interested in human communication. Its publication marks a major development, both in semiotics and in the emerging field of gesture studies.

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"The treatment of the history of gesture studies is among the finest this reviewer has encountered, so the book seems destined to become a classic. Essential." CHOICE June 2005

The domain of gesture
Visible action as gesture
Western interest in gesture from classical antiquity to the eighteenth century
Four contributions from the nineteenth century
Gesture studies in the twentieth century: recession and return
Classifying gestures
Gesture units, gesture phrases and speech
Deployments of gesture in the utterance
Gesture and speech in semantic interaction
Gesture and referential meaning
On pointing
Gestures of the 'precision-grip': topic, comment and question markers
Two gesture families of the open hand
Gesture without speech: the emergence of kinesic codes
Gesture and sign on common ground
Gesture, culture and the communication economy
The status of gesture
Transcription conventions
The recordings
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ISBN: 9780521835251
ISBN-10: 0521835259
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 412
Published: 1st September 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.77