Gesture and Language Dialectic

  title={Gesture and Language Dialectic},
  author={David McNeill},
A classic psycholinguistic problem is parole; in its modern formulation, performance . This paper looks at aspects of parole or performance from a new direction, arguing that it is organized as a dialectic of unlike cognitive modes, a dialectic of gesture imagery and language. This dialectic is the key to the evocation, organization, and ultimate execution of meaningful actions shaped to take linguistic form in discourse — imagery, as embodied in the gestures that accompany speech, and the… CONTINUE READING

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