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Language and Gesture in Chinese Conversation

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ISBN 9781138367708
March 24, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
224 Pages 88 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Language and Gesture in Chinese Conversation is a study of quantitative-qualitative analysis of linguistic-gestural instances from conversations among adult native speakers of Taiwan Mandarin.


As the linguistic and the gestural manifestations in natural discourse are examined together in the form of the simultaneous expression of meaning across modalities, more details about speech, gesture, cognition, and discourse can be revealed.


The study will focus on

  • representational gestures,
  • spontaneous manual configurations
  • depictions of semantic information associated with the linguistic meanings

The intended audience of this book includes scholars in a broad range of studies, including linguistics, language and gesture, human communication, cognition, cognitive neuroscience, social psychology, sociology, linguistic anthropology, speech pathology, and speech therapy.

Table of Contents





1 Language and Gesture in Conversation

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Are gestures informative?

1.3 Do gestures synchronize with speech?

1.4 Overview of the study

2 Speech-Gesture Cases in Conversation

2.1 Introduction

2.2 The selection of cross-modal cases

2.3 Gesture phases and temporal demarcation

2.4 Gestural configuration and types of ideas

2.5 A corpus of data for study

3 Language, Gesture, and Semantic Relationship

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Entity

3.3 Motion, manner, and path

3.4 Action and manner

3.5 General discussion

3.6 Conclusion

4 Metaphors in Language and Gesture

4.1 Introduction

4.2 The entity metaphor

4.3 Motion metaphors

4.4 Orientation metaphors

4.5 Action metaphors

4.6 General discussion

4.7 Conclusion

5 Time in Language and Gesture

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Temporal span

5.3 Deictic time

5.4 Sequence time

5.5 General discussion

5.6 Conclusion

6 Language, Gesture, and Temporal Relationship

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Preparation onsets, speech onsets, and fluent speech

6.3 Stroke onsets, speech onsets, and fluent speech

6.4 Gesture onsets, speech onsets, and disrupted speech

6.5 General discussion

6.6 Conclusion

7 Perspectives on Production of Gestures in Speech Communication

7.1 Use profile of gestures in conversation

7.2 The lexical-retrieval view

7.3 The action-system view

7.4 The growth-point view

7.5 General discussion

7.6 Conclusion




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Kawai Chui is Professor of Linguistics and a research fellow at the Research Center for Mind, Brain, and Learning, and the Research Center for Chinese Cultural Subjectivity in Taiwan, National Chengchi University, Taipei. Her research is mainly concerned with the use of language and gesture in discourse and the neurocognitive processing of gestures in speech communication. She is also engaged in the cross-language study of linguistic specificity across Mandarin Chinese, Russian, and Czech.