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Gesture, Speech, and Sign

Lynn Messing and Ruth Campbell


Gestures are a special sort of action. They communicate the individual's moods and desires to the world and they operate under different psychological and cognitive constraints to other actions. The connections between gesture and language — spoken and signed —pose some fascinating questions. How intimately are gesture and language connected? Did one evolve from the other? To what extent are they similarly processed in the brain? In what ways are signed languages akin to spoken language and gestures? This book examines these questions, bringing together expertise to explore the origins, neurob ... More

Keywords: gesture and language, spoken language, signed language, neurobiology, human-computer interactions, psychology, computer science, deaf studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198524519
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524519.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lynn Messing, editor
A.I. du Pont Institute / University of Delaware

Ruth Campbell, editor
University College London

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