Why do people gesture while speaking? What role does this activity play in verbal exchanges? Which kind of relationship does it exhibit between the verbal and the gestural domains? This book attempts to answer these questions by surveying research on gestures carried out from various perspectives: psycho- and sociolinguistic, ethological, social, cognitive, and developmental psychological, and neuropsychological. This large coverage makes it unique in the field. Furthermore, the delineation of several approaches to the topic yields a clearer picture of their respective contributions than a commitment to a single view.
Achnowledgements; Introduction; 1. Body language; 2. Language as gesture: an ethnological approach; 3. Autonomy of gestures and speech: the notion of nonverbal communication; 4. Cognitive approaches; 5. Developmental perspectives; 6. Gestures and speech in neuropsychology and psychopathology; References; Subject index.
Series: New Cambridge Shakespeare
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 30th August 1991
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24
Weight (kg): 0.49