Academic journal article Sign Language Studies

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Academic journal article Sign Language Studies

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Danielle Bouvet. La dimension corporelle de la parole: Les marques posturo-mimo-gestuelles de la parole, leurs aspects metonymiques et 'taphoriques, et leur role au tours d'un recit (The Bodily Dimension of Speech: Postural, Facial, and Gestural Markers in Speech, their Metonymic and Metaphoric Aspects, and Their Role in the Telling of a Story), Paris: Peeters. 2001.

This book presents data and analysis concerning postural, facial, and manual gestures that accompany speech during the telling of a children's story. The author concludes that these gestures may have semantic or grammatical functions in the telling of the story, "The Fox and the Eels (Renart et les anguilles):"

[T]he gesture of prehension that accompanies the word catch (attrape) and that is held during the following fox (renard) specifies the meaning of the word, with the precision of its own contextual praxic action: one does not catch in the same way a fox that is dead, a fox that is alive, or butterflies. Holding the gesture during the utterance of the word fox shows how the gesture incorporates into its production the object to which it applies. …

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