Recurrent gestures throughout bodies, languages, and cultural practices

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153–179
Journal / PublicationGesture
Volume20
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

Abstract

In gesture studies, the adjective ‘recurrent’ has developed to distinguish a range of semiotic and conceptual phenomena concerning the nature of meaningful bodily movements. This article begins with a brief and recent history of recurrent gesture studies. We raise ongoing debates concerning the position of recurrent gestures on the so-called Kendon’s continuum, the relation between gestures and practical actions, and the interplay between gesture’s cultural specificity and universality. A selection of findings from previous research on recurrent gestures then acquaints readers with characteristics of these gestures: their form-function pairings and context-variation, linguistic organization and multimodal constructions, and community-specific typologies (from cultural, situational, as well as individual perspectives). Proposing to help build recurrent gesture theory, the paper then recognizes that recurrency goes hand-in-hand with diversity – both in the ways these gestures exist for members of a community and their role in the styles, habits, and creations of individuals.

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  • recurrent gestures, diversity, Kendon’s continuum, practical actions

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Recurrent gestures throughout bodies, languages, and cultural practices. / Harrison, Simon; Ladewig, Silva H.

In: Gesture, Vol. 20, No. 2, 12.2021, p. 153–179.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review