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Verbal and Gestural Expression of Motion in French and Czech

Abstract : The present study examined how language specificities influence the way in which French and Czech native speakers talk, gesture and think about the category of motion events. Its theoretical framework combined (1) Talmy´s verb-framed/satellite-framed language typology, (2) Whorf´s hypothesis of linguistic relativity, and (3) McNeill´s conception of gesture and speech. Analysis of verbal and gestural descriptions of motion revealed that, while there were considerable verbal differences, French and Czech gestures were far more similar than expected. These findings are discussed in terms of the role of gesture in the expression of speakers’ intentions.
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Katerina Fibigerova, Michèle Guidetti, Lenka Sulova. Verbal and Gestural Expression of Motion in French and Czech. In L. Filipović & K. M. Jaszczolt (eds.), Space and Time across Languages and Cultures II. – Language, Culture and Cognition (251-268). Amsterdam, Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2012. ⟨hal-01897565⟩



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