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Metaphor and Gesture

 
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This volume is the first to offer an overview on metaphor and gesture — a new multi-disciplinary area of research. Scholars of metaphor have been paying increasing attention to spontaneous gestures with speech; meanwhile, researchers in gesture studies have been focussing on the abstract ideas which receive physical representation through metaphors when speakers gesture. This book presents a snapshot of the state of the art in these converging fields, offering research papers as well as commentaries from multiple perspectives. In addition to conceptual metaphor theory it includes different theoretical approaches to semiotics, and the methods used range from controlled experimentation, to cognitive ethnography, to lexical semantic analysis. The use of metaphor in gesture is shown to reflect idiosyncracies of thought in the moment of speaking as well as structural, cultural, and interactional patterns. The series of commentaries discusses the potential importance of studying metaphor and gesture from the perspectives of such fields as anthropology, cognitive linguistics, conversation analysis, psychology, and semiotics.

Table of contents

Contributors
vii–viii
Acknowledgements
ix
Introduction
AlanCienkiandCorneliaMller
1–4
Why study metaphor and gesture?
AlanCienki
5–25
From left to right...: Coverbal gestures and their symbolic use of space
GeneviveCalbris
27–53
Gesture as a conceptual mapping tool
RobertF.Williams
55–92
A fresh look at the foundations of mathematics: Gesture and the psychological reality of conceptual metaphor
RafaelNez
93–114
Peircean semiotics meets conceptual metaphor: Iconic modes in gestural representations of grammar
IreneMittelberg
115–154
Unexpected metaphors
DavidMcNeill
155–170
Catchment, growth point and spatial metaphor: Analysing Derrida's oral discourse on deconstruction
JacquesMontredon, AbderrahimAmrani, Marie-PauleBenoit-Barnet, EmmanuelleChanYou, RgineLlorcaandNancyPeuteuil
171–194
Form, meaning, and convention: A comparison of a metaphoric gesture with an emblem
FeyParrill
195–217
What gestures reveal about the nature of metaphor
CorneliaMller
219–245
Commentaries on the value of studying metaphor and gesture from the perspectives of different disciplines
247
Metaphoric gesture and cognitive linguistics
RonaldW.Langacker
249–251
Metaphoric gestures and cultural analysis
NaomiQuinn
253–257
Metaphor and gesture: A view from the microanalysis of interaction
JrgenStreeck
259–264
Implications of cognitive metaphor and gesture studies for Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis and vice versa
AndersHougaardandGitteR.Hougaard
265–272
Sign and gesture: Towards a new paradigm
ShermanWilcox
273–275
The study of metaphor and gesture: A critique from the perspective of semiotics
PaulBouissac
277–282
The neuroscience of metaphoric gestures: Why they exist
GeorgeLakoff
283–289
Metaphor and gesture: Some implications for psychology
RaymondW.Gibbs, Jr.
291–301
Index
303–306




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