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The Body in Gesture

Edited by Shaun Gallager

in How the Body Shapes the Mind

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780199271948
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603112 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199271941.003.0006
 The Body in Gesture

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What role does embodiment play in the generation of language? This chapter examines this question by taking a close look at gesture in the previously discussed case of a deafferented subject (Chapter 2). Experiments show that although gesture cannot be reduced to either body schematic processes or consciously controlled movement, it (and by extension, language) does depend on specific aspects of embodied experience. An integrative theory of gesture in outlined and contrasted with motor and communicative theories.

Keywords: gesture; language; expressive movement; instrumental movement; deafferentation; motor theory of gesture; communicative theory of gesture; integrative theory of gesture

Chapter.  11694 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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