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Title: Metaphor and Gesture
Edited By: Alan Cienki
Cornelia Müller
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=GS%203
Series Title: Gesture Studies 3


This volume is the first to offer an overview on metaphor and gesture - a new
multi-disciplinary area of research. Scholars of metaphor have been paying
increasing attention to spontaneous gestures with speech; meanwhile,
researchers in gesture studies have been focussing on the abstract ideas
which receive physical representation through metaphors when speakers
gesture. This book presents a snapshot of the state of the art in these
converging fields, offering research papers as well as commentaries from
multiple perspectives. In addition to conceptual metaphor theory it includes
different theoretical approaches to semiotics, and the methods used range
from controlled experimentation, to cognitive ethnography, to lexical semantic
analysis. The use of metaphor in gesture is shown to reflect idiosyncracies of
thought in the moment of speaking as well as structural, cultural, and
interactional patterns. The series of commentaries discusses the potential
importance of studying metaphor and gesture from the perspectives of such
fields as anthropology, cognitive linguistics, conversation analysis,
psychology, and semiotics.

Table of contents

Contributors vii–viii
Acknowledgements ix
Alan Cienki and Cornelia Müller 1-4
Why study metaphor and gesture?
Alan Cienki 5-25
From left to right...: Coverbal gestures and their symbolic use of space
Geneviève Calbris 27-53
Gesture as a conceptual mapping tool
Robert F. Williams 55-92
A fresh look at the foundations of mathematics: Gesture and the
psychological reality of conceptual metaphor
Rafael Núñez 93-114
Peircean semiotics meets conceptual metaphor: Iconic modes in gestural
representations of grammar
Irene Mittelberg 115-154
Unexpected metaphors
David McNeill 155-170
Catchment, growth point and spatial metaphor: Analysing Derrida's oral
discourse on deconstruction
Jacques Montredon, Abderrahim Amrani, Marie-Paule Benoit-Barnet,
Emmanuelle Chan You, Régine Llorca and Nancy Peuteuil 171-194
Form, meaning, and convention: A comparison of a metaphoric gesture with
an emblem
Fey Parrill 195-217
What gestures reveal about the nature of metaphor
Cornelia Müller 219-245
Commentaries on the value of studying metaphor and gesture from the
perspectives of different disciplines 247
Metaphoric gesture and cognitive linguistics
Ronald W. Langacker 249-251
Metaphoric gestures and cultural analysis
Naomi Quinn 253-257
Metaphor and gesture: A view from the microanalysis of interaction
Jürgen Streeck 259-264
Implications of cognitive metaphor and gesture studies for Ethnomethodology
and Conversation Analysis and vice versa
Anders Hougaard and Gitte R. Hougaard 265-272
Sign and gesture: Towards a new paradigm
Sherman Wilcox 273-275
The study of metaphor and gesture: A critique from the perspective of
Paul Bouissac 277-282
The neuroscience of metaphoric gestures: Why they exist
George Lakoff 283-289
Metaphor and gesture: Some implications for psychology
Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr. 291-301
Index 303-306

"This is a wonderful, well-written and accessible collection that provides rich
examples of some of the most interesting and important contemporary
research on the ties between embodiment and the distinctively human
infrastructure for cognition provided by metaphor."
Charles Goodwin, UCLA

"This collection and the research reported in this study provide an important
step forward in our understanding of the complex phenomena of metaphor
and gesture."
Mohammad Rasekh Mahand, Bu-Ali Sina University, Iran, on Linguist List

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Ling & Literature
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9789027228444
Pages: 306
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