ERIC Number: ED101588
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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Handbook of Gestures: Colombia and the United States.
Saitz, Robert L.; Cervenka, Edward J.
This handbook of Colombian and U.S. gestures was prepared originally as an aid to English teachers in Colombia. The Colombian gestures were collected via personal observations and interviews with Colombian informants. Approximately 20 informants from various regions of the United States were also interviewed. To this orginal collection, published in 1962 as the first edition, additional gestures collected through observation and the response of readers have been added to form the second edition. The study focuses on gestures that: (1) seem discrete, (2) are easily recognizable by an untrained observer, and (3) are, primarily, adult gestures recognizable by informants as message carriers or verbal message accompaniers. Gestures are given semantic labels, which range from the very general (anger) to the specific (thief), are illustrated, and are described in nontechnical language, frequently with sample accompanying phrases. The gestures are further labelled in the text to indicate similarities and differences between Colombian and U.S. gestures. An index lists the semantic labels and other content words from the descriptions. A bibliography is also included. (KM)
Descriptors: Body Language, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Context, Cultural Differences, Interaction Process Analysis, Nonverbal Communication, Paralinguistics, Semiotics, Social Behavior, Symbolic Language
Mouton & Co., Box 1132, The Hague, Netherlands (Df1.54)
Publication Type: Books
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