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Title: Body, Language and Meaning in Conflict Situations
Subtitle: A semiotic analysis of gesture-word mismatches in Israeli-Jewish and Arab discourse
Written By: Orit Sônia Waisman
Series Title: Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics 62

This original research applies semiotics to linguistic and non-linguistic
segments in a text in search of potential correlations between them. The
resultant mapping is applied to cases of gesture-word mismatches that are
evident in conflict situations. The current study adopts the word systems
approach, a sign-based theory that is naturally designed for the analysis
of linguistic signs, and extends it to non-linguistic units, borrowing
analytical tools from the field of dance movement therapy. The variety of
interdisciplinary metaphorical and literal interpretations of the analyzed
signs enriches the theoretical framework and facilitates examination of the
instances of mismatches. Hence, this study makes a meaningful contribution
to the understanding of linguistic/non-linguistic mismatches in situations
of conflict. Further, it makes more general claims: the semiotic system
underlying this study paves the way for further research of correlations
(or lack thereof) between a range of phenomena cutting across sociology,
sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics and political science.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027287557
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027215727
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