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Title: Gestural Abstraction and Restatement: From iconicity to metaphor.
Author: Nicla Rossini
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Institution: Università degli Studi di Pavia
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Cognitive Science
Abstract: The question of abstraction and metaphor in gesture is particularly controversial. Some scholars such as David McNeill, who first introduced this concept for gestures in a systematic way, think that gesture can convey abstract meaning and metaphoric thought, while others believe that gestures can only be considered to be iconic representations. This question will be addressed here by means of an analysis of cases of “on-line” abstraction in the gestural production concurrent with restatements of path descriptions.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: Springer: Berlin
Publication Info: In Esposito, A., Vich, R. (Eds) Cross-Modal Analysis of Speech, Gestures, Gaze and Facial Expressions COST Action 2102 International Conference Prague, Czech Republic, October 15-18, 2008 Revised Selected and Invited Papers. Pp. 214-226.

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