Body - Language - Communication
An International Handbook on Multimodality in Human Interaction
Ed. by Müller, Cornelia / Cienki, Alan / Fricke, Ellen / Ladewig, Silva / McNeill, David / Tessendorf, Sedinha
Aims and Scope
The field of multimodal communication and topics concerning embodiment in relation to language have been gaining increasing prominence within linguistics, anthropology, sociology, computer science, psychology, cognitive science, semiotics, and the arts. However, what has been lacking until now has been an overview of this research from these diverse perspectives. This handbook documents the state of the art in the investigation of how bodily forms and movements relate to language and communication. It interrogates the term 'nonverbal communication' (and its presumed opposition to the verbal) and popular notions like 'body language', revealing instead the subtle connections between language and its physical source: the body. Scholars who have made prominent contributions to our understanding of these issues from a wide range of disciplines across the humanities and sciences have authored articles for this handbook on key issues. These include: the multimodal nature of language, communication and interaction, embodiment as a resource for meaning-making, conceptualization as felt experience, and the emergence and evolution of language from body movements.
- DE GRUYTER MOUTON