Three Perspectives on Gesture and Meaning

  • Patrick Kiernan


This chapter provides a detailed multimodal analysis of a single narrative from the complimentary perspectives of ideational, interpersonal and textual meaning. The extract considered is the description of a childhood experience of living overseas in which the participant used gestures to shape and illustrate her story. It describes how the teller used gesture to describe the physical situation of her house in relation to her childhood best friend’s house. During the telling the scene she evoked became a shared space for interacting with her interviewer and current best friend. Although not a particularly dramatic story, the teller used a range of gestural and verbal resources to dramatise her telling. The resources used to do this are situated in relation to the analytical model.


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  • Patrick Kiernan
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  1. 1.KenkyutoMeiji UniversityTokyoJapan

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