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Title: Elements of Meaning in Gesture
Written By: Geneviève Calbris
Translated By: Mary M. Copple
Series Title: Gesture Studies 5

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.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027285171
Prices: Europe EURO 95.00
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027228475
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