Conventional gestures : meaning and methodology by Richard L. Epstein, Alex Raffi

By Richard L. Epstein, Alex Raffi

Traditional gestures are these pursuits we make, akin to waving hi and shaking arms, which are a part of a realized, shared, symbolic procedure. during this ebook Richard L. Epstein operating with the illustrator Alex Raffi examines how such gestures suggest and the way we will be able to examine them. Drawing on their choice of over four hundred American gestures, to be had at the complex Reasoning discussion board web site, they research difficulties of method and the character of gestures on the subject of the paintings of others who've studied and picked up gestures from numerous cultures. an in depth annotated bibliography describes and reviews on nearly all recognized collections of traditional gestures

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44 Kendon, Introduction to de Jorio 1832/2000, p. lxxxiii. 42 Conventional Gestures V Some Classifications of Conventional Gestures In this section we consider some ways to classify conventional gestures based on observations about American conventional gestures. A. Homonyms, synonyms, antonyms Gestures can be homonyms: the same physical movement (with accompanying sound if that is the case) can have distinct meanings in different contexts. For example, the gestures Come here–head and Howdy–head are homonyms.

And many others and do not consider that they could be false. But does that mean that they are not assertions? If someone does What a babe! and you look and see a crippled old woman, you don’t think the person is wrong; you assume that he is being sarcastic. 26 III The Meaning of a Gesture 25 Adam Kendon in “Geography of Gesture,” 1981, comments on the role of conventional gestures in communication: It will be noted that the range of meanings that emblematic gestures subserve is confined mainly to those that deal with the immediate interaction situation.

A single nod down of the head can be used to mean “yes” or as an acknowledgement. Some apparent homonyms, however, are distinguished by their facial expressions. For example, an elbow in the ribs (Poke in the ribs–joke) has a smile, while an elbow in the ribs meaning “Shut up” (Poke in the ribs–stop) is accompanied by a grimace. There are also synonyms, gestures that can be used interchangeably. –fist up are synonymous in any context where two people are celebrating. Some gestures have what might be called an antonym: a gesture that has the opposite meaning.

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