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Language and Gesture : Language, Culture, and Cognition - David McNeill

Language and Gesture

Language, Culture, and Cognition

By: David McNeill (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 3rd August 2000
ISBN: 9780521771665
Number Of Pages: 420

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This landmark study examines the role of gestures in relation to speech and thought. Leading scholars, including psychologists, linguists and anthropologists, offer state-of-the-art analyses to demonstrate that gestures are not merely an embellishment of speech but are integral parts of language itself. Language and Gesture offers a wide range of theoretical approaches, with emphasis not simply on behavioural descriptions but also on the underlying processes. The book has strong cross-linguistic and cross-cultural components, examining gestures by speakers of Mayan, Australian, East Asian as well as English and other European languages. The content is diverse including chapters on gestures during aphasia and severe stuttering, the first emergence of speech-gesture combinations of children, and a section on sign language. In a rapidly growing field of study this volume opens up the agenda for research into a new approach to understanding language, thought and society.

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Gesture in actionp. 11
Pointing, gesture spaces, and mental mapsp. 13
Language and gesture: unity or duality?p. 47
The influence of addressee location on spatial language and representational gestures of directionp. 64
Gesture, aphasia, and interactionp. 84
Gestural interaction between the instructor and the learner in origami instructionp. 99
Gestures, knowledge, and the worldp. 118
Gesture in thoughtp. 139
Growth points in thinking-for-speakingp. 141
How representational gestures help speakingp. 162
Where do most spontaneous representational gestures actually occur with respect to speech?p. 186
Gesture production during stuttered speech: insights into the nature of gesture--speech integrationp. 199
The role of gestures and other graded language forms in the grounding of reference in perceptionp. 215
Gesture and the transition from one- to two-word speech: when hand and mouth come togetherp. 235
Modeling gesture performancep. 259
Lexical gestures and lexical access: a process modelp. 261
The production of gesture and speechp. 284
Catchments and contexts: non-modular factors in speech and gesture productionp. 312
From gesture to signp. 329
Blended spaces and deixis in sign language discoursep. 331
Gestural precursors to linguistic constructs: how input shapes the form of languagep. 358
Gesture to sign (language)p. 388
Indexp. 400
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ISBN: 9780521771665
ISBN-10: 0521771668
Series: Language, Culture, and Cognition
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 420
Published: 3rd August 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.57 x 15.77  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.74