Gesture in Modern South Arabian languages

Variation in multimodal constructions during task-based interaction

Janet C.E. Watson and Jack Wilson

Until fairly recently most linguistic fieldwork relied on written records of spoken data or audio-only recordings. The recent increase in research focusing on audio-visual data, with emphasis on the co-expressiveness of speech and gesture, has led to a greater understanding of the relationship between language, gesture and thought. In this paper, we discuss gesture and what it illuminates linguistically in two Modern South Arabian Languages: Mehri and Śḥerɛ̄t.

Naomi Laredo, Lisa Wilson-Wirth, Jack Matthews, Maurice Line and Greg Tananbaum