From gesture in conversation to visible action as utterance

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology (editor)


Language use is fundamentally multimodal. Speakers use their hands to point to locations, to represent content and to comment on ongoing talk; they position their bodies to show their orientation and stance in interaction; they use facial displays to comment on what is being said; and they engage in mutual gaze to establish intersubjectivity. This volume brings together studies by leading scholars from several fields on gaze and facial displays, on the relationship between gestures, sign, and language, on pointing and other conventionalized forms of manual expression, on gestures and language evolution, and on gestures in child development. The papers in this collection honor Adam Kendon whose pioneering work has laid the theoretical and methodological foundations for contemporary studies of multimodality, gestures, and utterance visible action.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • General Language Studies and Linguistics


  • gesture, interaction, cognition, language, culture, festschrift
Original languageEnglish
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages368
ISBN (Print)9789027212153, 9789027269270
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Linguistics and Phonetics (015010003), Humanities Lab (015101200)

Related research output

Mandana Seyfeddinipur & Marianne Gullberg, 2014, From gesture in conversation to visible action as utterance. Seyfeddinipur, M. & Gullberg, M. (eds.). John Benjamins Publishing Company, p. 1-11

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