Language and Gesture
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Language and Gesture by David McNeill
Book DescriptionThis 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521777612
(228mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 3-Aug-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author David McNeill
Why We Gesture, Paperback (December 2015)
Bringing together twenty-five years of research, Why We Gesture offers a radical new perspective on gesture-speech unity.
Narrative Development in Young Children, Hardback (May 2015)
Presents an account of social and embodied threads of early narrative development, of which gesture is an integral part.
How Language Began, Paperback (August 2012)» View all books by David McNeill
The first book to explain how speech and gesture evolved together into a system that all humans possess.
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