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McNeill’s phrases and phases

McNeill, D. (2005). Gesture and though. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

From Chapter 2, “How gestures carry meaning,” pp. 22-59

McNeill opens this chapter with an argument for the synchrony and coexpressiveness of gesture with concomitant speech, He ends with some thoughts about the metaphoricity and conventionalization of gesture, and then with a brief discussion of the “for the speaker” vs. “for the listener” debate in gesture research. In the middle, he elaborates on the structure of gestures: phrases and phases. This “gestural anatomy” will be my focus here.

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