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Gesture in Communication

 
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About the Course

In this course, Dr Jack Wilson (University of Salford) explores the use of gesture in communication. In the first module, we think about the concept of multimodality, the idea that communication can involve different 'modes', e.g. linguistic, visual, gestural, etc. After that, we think about the relationship between language and gesture more specifically, noting that gesture can often contain additional information that is not contained in the linguistic mode. In the third module, we think about the relationship between gesture and thought, before turning in the fourth module to consider the relationship between gesture and language acquisition. In the fifth module, we think about the role of gesture in both learning and teaching, before turning in the sixth module to consider the gesture of pointing in more detail. Do we all point in the same way? If not, why not?

About the Lecturer

Dr Jack Wilson is a Lecturer in the School of Arts and Media at the University of Salford. His research focuses on co-speech gestures, which are meaning gestures that accompany language use.

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