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Hand and Mind

What Gestures Reveal about Thought

Using data from more than ten years of research, David McNeill shows that gestures do not simply form a part of what is said and meant but have an impact on thought itself. Hand and Mind persuasively argues that because gestures directly transfer mental images to visible forms, conveying ideas that language cannot always express, we must examine language and gesture together to unveil the operations of the mind.

423 pages | 88 line drawings, 28 tables | 6 x 9 | © 1992

Cognitive Science: Human and Animal Cognition

Language and Linguistics: General Language and Linguistics

Psychology: General Psychology

Rhetoric and Communication

Table of Contents


Pt. 1: Setting the Stage
1: Images, Inside and Out
2: Conventions, Gestures, and Signs

Pt. 2: Varieties of Gesture
3: Guide to Gesture Classification, Transcription, and Distribution
4: Gestures of the Concrete
5: Experiment on Gestures of the Concrete
6: Gestures of the Abstract

Pt. 3: Theory
7: Gestures and Discourse
8: Self-Organization of Gesture and Speech
9: How Gestures Affect Thought
10: Experiments on Self-Organization

Pt. 4: Topics
11: Children
12: The Brain

Appendix: Procedures for Eliciting, Recording, Coding, and Experimenting with Gestures


The University of Chicago Press: Gordon J. Laing Award

Association of American Publishers: PROSE Book Award
Honorable Mention

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