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Gesture, Speech, and Sign$
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Lynn Messing and Ruth Campbell

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198524519

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524519.001.0001

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Language from faces: uses of the face in speech and in sign

Language from faces: uses of the face in speech and in sign

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(p.57) Chapter 4 Language from faces: uses of the face in speech and in sign
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Gesture, Speech, and Sign
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Ruth Campbell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524519.003.0004

The perception of human face acts has traditionally been explored within two fairly circumscribed frameworks: the framework of emotional expression (face acts reflect primary emotions) and the communicative display framework (face acts accompany, enhance, or control communication). Clearly both approaches have much to say about face readings and their biological, psychological, and social significance. These approaches, however, are not directly concerned with the way that the face is used in language-based communication, and this chapter takes as its theme the roles that faces can play within language. This chapter is concerned with the perception of face acts under specific communicative constraints.

Keywords:   human face, emotional expression, primary emotion, language-based communication, face readings, speech

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