What makes a movement a gesture?

@article{Novack2016WhatMA,
  title={What makes a movement a gesture?},
  author={Miriam Novack and Elizabeth Wakefield and Susan Goldin-Meadow},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={2016},
  volume={146},
  pages={339-348}
}
Theories of how adults interpret the actions of others have focused on the goals and intentions of actors engaged in object-directed actions. Recent research has challenged this assumption, and shown that movements are often interpreted as being for their own sake (Schachner & Carey, 2013). Here we postulate a third interpretation of movement-movement that represents action, but does not literally act on objects in the world. These movements are gestures. In this paper, we describe a framework… CONTINUE READING