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Permeable barriers between truth, fiction, gestured images, and spoken words

Franklin, A. (2007). Blending in deception: Tracing output back to its source. In S. D. Duncan, J. Cassell, & E. T. Levy (Eds.), Gesture and the dynamic dimension of language: Essays in honor of David McNeill (pp. 99-108). Philadelphia, PA: John Benjamins.

Franklin describes an experiment designed to illicit lies, and looks to see if gestures and speech might be telling different stories. She finds that in one case they do, but in another case there is more subtle bleeding together of truth and fiction.

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McNeill’s growth points

McNeill, D. (1997). Growth points cross-linguistically. In J. Nuyts & E. Pederson (Eds.) Language and conceptualization. Language, Culture, and Cognition (Vol. 1, pp. 190-212). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

McNeill takes us on a familiar trip through Kendon’s continuum and a reintroduction to his four-part classification scheme for gesticulations, slightly revised compared to other work summarized here. He then argues for the synchrony and complementarity (but not redundancy) of speech and gesture, and gesture’s potential role as a route to visual-spatial thought. He defines his concept of a growth point and how it might develop into a speech-gesture utterance, bringing along some Vygotskian dialectic for the ride.

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