Structuring information through gesture and intonation

  • Face-to-face communication is multimodal. In unscripted spoken discourse we can observe the interaction of several “semiotic layers”, modalities of information such as syntax, discourse structure, gesture, and intonation. We explore the role of gesture and intonation in structuring and aligning information in spoken discourse through a study of the co-occurrence of pitch accents and gestural apices. Metaphorical spatialization through gesture also plays a role in conveying the contextual relationships between the speaker, the government and other external forces in a naturally-occurring political speech setting.

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Author:Stefanie Jannedy, Norma Mendoza-Denton
Parent Title (German):Approaches and findings in oral, written and gestural language / Ishihara, S., M. Schmitz, and A. Schwarz (eds.) ; Working Papers of the SFB 632, Interdisciplinary studies on information structure ; Vol. 3
Place of publication:Potsdam
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of Completion:2005
Year of first Publication:2005
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2008/11/10
Tag:affect; gesture; intonation; narrative structure; political speech; spoken discourse
Page Number:46
First Page:199
Last Page:244
Source: ; (in:) S. Ishihara / M. Schmitz / A. Schwarz : Approaches and Findings in Oral, Written and Gestural language, Interdisciplinary Studies on Information Structure (ISIS), 3, 2005, S. 199-244
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht