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Spatial Language and Dialogue$
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Kenny R. Coventry, Thora Tenbrink, and John Bateman

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199554201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554201.001.0001

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Explanations in Gesture, Diagram, and Word

Explanations in Gesture, Diagram, and Word

(p.119) 9 Explanations in Gesture, Diagram, and Word
Spatial Language and Dialogue

Barbara Tversky

Julie Heiser

Paul Lee

Marie‐Paule Daniel

Oxford University Press

Explanations are multimodal. This chapter looks at the semantic and pragmatic parallels and contrasts of the three modes in explaining routes or assembly. Deictic and iconic gestures and schematic and iconic diagrammatic elements indicate landmarks/objects and actions. All modes of explanations have a narrative structure: beginnings, middles, and ends.

Keywords:   gesture, diagram, language, explanation, visual communication

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