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Title: Why gesture without speech but not talk without gesture?
Paper URL: http://coral2.spectrum.uni-bielefeld.de/gespin2011/final/Rossini_Gibbon.pdf
Author: Nicla Rossini
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Homepage: http://www.niclarossini.com
Institution: Università degli Studi di Pavia
Author: Dafydd Gibbon
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Homepage: http://www.spectrum.uni-bielefeld.de/~gibbon/
Institution: Universität Bielefeld
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Psycholinguistics
Abstract: Explanations of the phylogeny and ontogeny of gesture and speech require not only an understanding of empirical gesture types and scenarios, but also of formal properties of the relations between visual and vocal gesture in a grammar of gesture. Initially we point out that speech (and most obviously prosody) is acoustically transduced gesture, a phonetic truism, and then develop a movement vs. gesture (MSC-GSC) model of the relations between pre-semiotic and semiotic visual and vocal gesture, and a four component linear-feature-timingrealtime (LFTR) grammar model, and apply well-tried phonetic measures to elementary beat gestures and their function in establishing rhythmic coherence, as a first step in formal evolutionary reconstruction.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: GESPIN Conference 2011, Bielefeld
Publication Info: GESPIN Online Proceedings (Refered)
URL: http://coral2.spectrum.uni-bielefeld.de/gespin2011/final/Rossini_Gibbon.pdf


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