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ERIC Number: ED122617
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Dec-28
Pages: 15
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Gesticulation: A Plan of Classification.
Hayes, Francis
People take their folk gestures seriously, which is illustrated in the fact that several folk gestures, such as raising the right hand and kissing the Bible, are used in religious and legal ceremonies. These and other gestures, such as making the sign of the cross and knocking on wood, are folk gestures used today which have their roots in early religion and tradition. Gestures include "official" types used by the deaf and dumb, American Indians or sports referees; military salutes; and gestures communicating fear, anger, friendship, scorn, etc. Nervous or autistic gestures are widespread. Ethnographers, sociologists, psychologists and others study gestures to determine their origins and significance. Tribal or political gestures and salutes can unite people or create enemies. The picture writing of American Indians, Egytian hieroglyphics and Chinese written characters may have their origins in gestures. Numerous English words and metaphoric idioms reflect gestures: "highbrow, bootlicker, holding one's head high, pricking up one's ears, keeping a stiff upper lip," etc. A practical classification of gestures might include: (1) fold gestures - shaking the head for a negative, pointing, shaking a fist in defiance, etc.; (2) technical gestures - sign language of the deaf or of North American Indians, umpire signalling, etc.; (3) autistic or nervous gestures, such as doodling, fiddling with an object in the hand, etc. A few resource works are recommended for those interested in studying gestures. (CHK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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