Why Gesture? : How the Hands Function in Speaking, Thinking and Communicating.

What are gestures doing? Why do we use them? This book is the first to systematically explore the functions of gesture in speaking, thinking, and communicating -focusing on the variety of purposes served for the gesturer as well as for the viewer of gestures.

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Bibliographic Details
Author / Creator: Church, R. Breckinridge.
Other Authors / Creators:Alibali, Martha W.
Kelly, Spencer D.
Format: eBook Electronic
Imprint: Amsterdam/Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2017.
Series:Gesture Studies
Local Note:Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2022. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
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Table of Contents:
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Chapternbsp;1. Understanding gesture
  • 3. Sectionnbsp;1. The function of gesture production for language
  • 4. Chapternbsp;2. Representational gestures help speakers package information for speaking
  • 5. Chapter 3. Function and processing of gesture in the context of language
  • 6. Chapter 4. The asymmetric redundancy of gesture and speech
  • 7. Chapternbsp;5. Gesture-speech unity
  • 8. Chapternbsp;5 Supplement. Exchange on gesture-speech unity
  • 9. Sectionnbsp;2. The function of gesture for cognition and social interaction
  • 10. Chapternbsp;6. The function of gesture in learning and memory
  • 11. Chapternbsp;7. Gestures highlight perceptual-motor representations in thinking
  • 12. Chapternbsp;8. One function of gesture is to make new ideas
  • 13. Chapternbsp;9. Gesture in socio-moral reasoning
  • 14. Chapternbsp;10. Multi-modal communication of common ground
  • 15. Part 2. The function of gesture comprehension
  • 16. Chapternbsp;11. Exploring the boundaries of gesture-speech integration during language comprehension
  • 17. Chapternbsp;12. Computational gesture research
  • 18. Chapternbsp;13. Making and breaking common ground
  • 19. Chapternbsp;14. The function of gesture in mathematical and scientific discourse in the classroom
  • 20. Chapternbsp;15. Gesture's role in learning interactions
  • 21. Chapternbsp;16. The sound of silence
  • 22. Part 3. Why gesture?
  • 23. Chapternbsp;17. Understanding gesture as representational action
  • 24. Chapternbsp;18. So how does gesture function in speaking, communication, and thinking?
  • 25. Author index
  • 26. Subject index