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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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Do signers gesture?

Do signers gesture?

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(p.133) Chapter 8 Do signers gesture?
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Gesture, Speech, and Sign
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Karen Emmorey

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524519.003.0008

This chapter aims to explore whether we observe in signing a parallel to the gestures that hearing people use when they talk. Kendon (1980) refers to this phenomenon as gesticulation which is distinct from pantomime and emblems (conventionalized gestures such as the ‘thumbs-up’ sign). This chapter compares sign language primarily to the gestures (gesticulation) that accompany speech, rather than to pantomime, the early gestures of children, gesture ‘systems’ like home sign, or conventional emblematic gestures.

Keywords:   gestures, hearing people, gesticulation, pantomime, sign language, speech, emblematic gestures

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