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Gestures of negation

Par Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz : Chercheure et Professeure de communication - Université du Wisconsin-Parkside , Simon Harrison : Doctorant en liguistique anglaise - Université Bordeaux 3
Publié par Clifford Armion le 27/08/2009
A joint conference by Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz & Simon Harrison (ENS-LSH, 13 May 2009). Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz introduces the conference by establishing a historical context for interaction and gesture studies. She describes how numerous scholars (Efron, Bateson, Birdwhistell, etc.) and numerous fields (proxemics, paralanguage, kinesics, etc.) mark critical moments in the history of interaction studies generally, and gesture studies specifically. Simon Harrison presents his PhD research on gestures of negation in English. Focusing on form and linear structure, he describes the different gestures that speakers synchronise with negative speech acts and show how they organise those gestures in relation to their speech. His main argument is that multimodal negative utterances integrate grammar and gesture at symbolic, functional, and conceptual levels.

Introduction by Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz


Lecture by Simon Harrison



Historical Context

Efron, D. (1941). Gesture and environment. New York: King's Crown Press.

Bateson, G. (1971). Chapter 1: Communication. In N. A. McQuown, (Ed.), The Natural History of an Interview (pp. 1-40). Microfilm Collection of Manuscripts on Cultural Anthropology, Fifteenth Series. Chicago: University of Chicago, Joseph Regenstein Library, Department of Photoduplication.

Bateson, B., & Mead, M. (1942). Balinese character: A photographic analysis. New York: New York Academy of Sciences.

Birdwhistell, R. L. (1971). Kinesics in context: Essays on body motion communication. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Hall, E. T., Jr. (1959). The silent language. Garden City:  Doubleday and Company.

Trager, G. L. (1958). Paralanguage: A first approximation. Studies in Linguistics, 13, 1-12.

McQuown, N. (Ed.). (1971). The Natural History of an Interview. Microfilm Collection of Manuscripts on Cultural Anthropology, Fifteenth Series. Chicago: University of Chicago, Joseph Regenstein Library, Department of Photoduplication.

Leeds-Hurwitz, W. (1987). The social history of The Natural History of an Interview: A multidisciplinary investigation of social communication. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 20, 1-51.

Negation in Speech

Horn, L. (1989) A Natural History of Negation. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Negation in Gesture

Calbris, G. (1990) The semiotics of French gesture. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Calbris, G. (2005) La negation: son symbolisme physique.

Online: http://gesture-lyon2005.ens-lsh.fr/article.php3?id_article=222.

Harrison, S. (2008) The Expression of Negation through Grammar and Gesture. In J. Zlatev, M. Andrén, M.J. Falck & C. Lundmark (eds.), Studies in Language and Cognition. Cambridge Scholars Press, pp.405-419.

Harrison, S. (in prep.) Grammar and gesture: The case of negation in English. Doctoral Dissertation, Department of English, Université de Bordeaux 3.

Kendon, A. (2002) Some uses of the head shake. In Gesture, 2(2), 147-182.

Kendon, A. (2004) Gesture: Visible Action as Utterance. Cambridge: Cambridge UP.

Pour citer cette ressource :

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Simon Harrison, "Gestures of negation", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), août 2009. Consulté le 09/12/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/langues-et-langage/langues-et-langage-en-societe/miscellanees/gestures-of-negation