Explaining educational experience: On one- and two-handed gestures as semiotic entities and the flexibility of their use

Einav Argaman 1
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This article studies hand gestures and specifies four different possible uses: (1) one-handed gestures; (2) symmetrical two-handed gestures; (3) symmetrical two-handed gestures in which the hands alternately perform the same movement; (4) asymmetrical two-handed gestures. The paper shows how a speaker employs various hand gestures to explain her teaching experiences and views the concurrence of gestures with speech, body posture, shrugs, gaze, and facial expressions as reciprocal actions to an interlocutor's responses. The final section of the paper discusses the flexibility of hand gestures and the different ways in which it is revealed.

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The official journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies, founded in 1969 as one of the first scholarly journals in the field, Semiotica features articles reporting results of research in all branches of semiotic studies, in-depth reviews of selected current literature in the field, and occasional guest editorials and reports. The journal also publishes occasional Special Issues devoted to topics of particular interest.