Hand And Mind: What Gestures Reveal about Thought

Paperback | January 15, 1996

byDavid McNeill

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Using data from more than ten years of research, David McNeill shows that gestures do not simply form a part of what is said and meant but have an impact on thought itself. Hand and Mind persuasively argues that because gestures directly transfer mental images to visible forms, conveying ideas that language cannot always express, we must examine language and gesture together to unveil the operations of the mind.

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What is the relation between gestures and speech? In terms of symbolic forms, of course, the spontaneous and unwitting gestures we make while talking differ sharply from spoken language itself. Whereas spoken language is linear, segmented, standardized, and arbitrary, gestures are global, synthetic, idiosyncratic, and imagistic. In Han...

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Using data from more than ten years of research, David McNeill shows that gestures do not simply form a part of what is said and meant but have an impact on thought itself. Hand and Mind persuasively argues that because gestures directly transfer mental images to visible forms, conveying ideas that language cannot always express, we mu...

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What is the relation between gestures and speech? In terms of symbolic forms, of course, the spontaneous and unwitting gestures we make while talking differ sharply from spoken language itself. Whereas spoken language is linear, segmented, standardized, and arbitrary, gestures are global, synthetic, idiosyncratic, and imagistic. In Han...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:423 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:January 15, 1996Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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ISBN - 10:0226561348

ISBN - 13:9780226561349

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction

Pt. 1: Setting the Stage
1: Images, Inside and Out
2: Conventions, Gestures, and Signs

Pt. 2: Varieties of Gesture
3: Guide to Gesture Classification, Transcription, and Distribution
4: Gestures of the Concrete
5: Experiment on Gestures of the Concrete
6: Gestures of the Abstract

Pt. 3: Theory
7: Gestures and Discourse
8: Self-Organization of Gesture and Speech
9: How Gestures Affect Thought
10: Experiments on Self-Organization

Pt. 4: Topics
11: Children
12: The Brain

Appendix: Procedures for Eliciting, Recording, Coding, and Experimenting with Gestures
References
Index

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What is the relation between gestures and speech? In terms of symbolic forms, of course, the spontaneous and unwitting gestures we make while talking differ sharply from spoken language itself. Whereas spoken language is linear, segmented, standardized, and arbitrary, gestures are global, synthetic, idiosyncratic, and imagistic. In Hand and Mind, David McNeill presents a bold theory of the essential unity of speech and the gestures that accompany it. This long-awaited, provocative study argues that the unity of gestures and language far exceeds the surface level of speech noted by previous researchers and in fact also includes the semantic and pragmatic levels of language. In effect, the whole concept of language must be altered to take into account the nonsegmented, instantaneous, and holistic images conveyed by gestures. McNeill and his colleagues carefully devised a standard methodology for examining the speech and gesture behavior of individuals engaged in narrative discourse. A research subject is shown a cartoon like the 1950 Canary Row--a classic Sylvester