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Timing properties of hand gestures and their lexical counterparts at turn transition places

  • Looking at gestures as a means for communication, they can serve conversational participants at several levels. As co-speech gestures, they can add information to the verbally expressed content and they can serve to manage turn-taking. In order to look closer at the interplay between these resources in face-to face conversation, we annotated hand gestures, syntactic completion points and the related turn-organisation, and measured the timing of gesture strokes and their lexical/phrasal referent. In a case study on German, we observe the trend that speakers vary less in gesturelexis on- and offsets when keeping the turn after syntactic completions than at speaker changes, backchannel or other locations of a conversation. This indicates that timing properties of non-verbal cues interact with verbal cues to manage turn-taking.

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Author:Margaret Zellers, Jan GorischORCiDGND, David House, Benno Peters
Parent Title (English):Proceedings of the FONETIK (Swedish Phonetics Conference) 2019 in Stockholm, June 10–12, 2019
Publisher:Stockholm University
Place of publication:Stockholm
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2019
Date of Publication (online):2019/11/04
GND Keyword:Deutsch; Gestik; Konversationsanalyse; Sprecherwechsel
First Page:119
Last Page:124
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Program areas:Pragmatik
Licence (English):License LogoCreative Commons - Attribution 4.0 International