Drawn from the Ground: Sound, Sign and Inscription in Central Australian Sand Stories

  title={Drawn from the Ground: Sound, Sign and Inscription in Central Australian Sand Stories},
  author={Jennifer M. Green},
Sand stories from Central Australia are a traditional form of Aboriginal women's verbal art that incorporates speech, song, sign, gesture and drawing. Small leaves and other objects may be used to represent story characters. This detailed study of Arandic sand stories takes a multimodal approach to the analysis of the stories and shows how the expressive elements used in the stories are orchestrated together. This richly illustrated volume is essential reading for anyone interested in language… Expand
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  • Computer Science, Psychology
  • Cogn. Sci.
  • 2013
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