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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.

Sabrina Bendjaballah and Philippe Ségéral

added to the data available on the Mehri language. In their contribution, “Gesture in Modern South Arabian Languages: variation in multimodal constructions during task-based interaction”, Janet Watson and Jack Wilson, a specialist in co-speech gestures (i.e. of meaning gestures that accompany language


Izabela Will

head ‘may the pondering not destroy our heads’ However, the main evidence that the head is associated with thinking comes from the descriptions of people’s behavior and co-speech gestures. Several examples taken from Hausa novels show that a thinking person either lifts his/her head or

Martina Lampert

, I don’t believe this! , “presumably something like surprise.” And such animation of the other voice, I argue, may include a particular facial display and, perhaps, diverse types of co-speech gestures, whose quotation-indexing potential might therefore deserve extended scrutiny (see also Clark, 2016

Adam Oberlin

. Regarding gesture, greater differences arise: in Danish, when gestures are used, path-only rather than dual manner-path gestures predominate, in contrast to a distinct two-gesture construction in Italian that separates both attributes by clause. This reflects co-speech gesture correlation to the

Franziska Kopp

, 1 – 132 . Jesse A. , & E.K. Johnson ( 2016 ). Audiovisual alignment of co-speech gestures to speech supports word learning in 2-year-olds . Journal of Experimental Child Psychology , 145 , 1 – 10 . Jing H. , & A.A. Benasich ( 2006

Martina Lampert

meaning, the rigorous conventions of academic citations, with their air of legalistic caution that the quoter feels obliged to observe. Accordingly, both vocal and gestural dynamics would recede in the background: Co-speech gesturing remains unobtrusive in range and expressiveness, and the vocal analysis

Volume-editor Anne Aarssen, René Genis and Eline van der Veken

.5.1. Non-Verbal Communication 668 Arık, Engin: Left/right and front/back in sign, speech, and co-speech gestures : what do data from Turkish Sign Language, Croatian Sign Language, American Sign Language, Turkish, Croatian, and English reveal? – PSiCL 47/3, 2011, 442-469. 669 Arvensisová, Marika

Ifigeneia Athanasiadou and Panos Athanasopoulos

allocation elicited through eye-tracking; Brown & Gullberg ( 2008 ) studied co-speech gesture]. While most studies focus on tfs patterns while speaking, very few studies have been conducted on the consequential effects of tfs (Slobin’s third time frame). One study that tested for consequential effects

The Contact Diffusion of Linguistic Practices

Reference Frames in Mesoamerica

Jürgen Bohnemeyer, Katharine T. Donelson, Randi E. Moore, Elena Benedicto, Alyson Eggleston, Carolyn K. O’Meara, Gabriela Pérez Báez, Alejandra Capistrán Garza, Néstor Hernández Green, María de Jesús Selene Hernández Gómez, Samuel Herrera Castro, Enrique Palancar, Gilles Polian and Rodrigo Romero Méndez

practices may proceed through any observable behavior. Co-speech gesture has long been suggested to play a prominent role (Haviland, 1993; Levinson, 2003: 244–271; 280–325; Le Guen, 2011); agricultural, architectural, and religious practices may also matter (Bohnemeyer, 2011). 7. Conclusions