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6. The Convergence of Language and Culture in Malawian gestures: Handedness in Everyday Rituals


 
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1. Title Title of document 6. The Convergence of Language and Culture in Malawian gestures: Handedness in Everyday Rituals - Body Talk and Cultural Identity in the African World
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Karen Sanders
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) communication studies; linguistics
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) gesture; non-verbal communication; everyday activities
 
5. Subject Subject classification Communication studies; other linguistic communication
 
6. Description Abstract Natural language is composed of multiple modes of utterances, including spoken words and gestures, the spontaneous movements of the hands and other parts of the body. Is there a relationship between gestures that accompany speech and non-linguistic movements of the body that occur during routine activities such as cooking, fishing and farming? Drawing from video recordings of elicited and spontaneous speech of chiTonga speakers in ), I show that gestures reflect culturally specific habits of how speakers in a particular community use their hands and bodies to perform everyday activities. For example, bundling the fingertips of the right hand while moving the hand close to the mouth forms the gesture for “food.” The semantic value of this gesture comes from the local method of consuming nsima, a thick porridge typically made of cassava or maize flour. The eater removes a small portion of the porridge with his or her hand, molds the small portion into a ball with the palm of the hand and transports the porridge into the mouth. Using evidence from a chiTonga speaking society in Malawi, this paper presents further evidence about the relationship between language and a speaker’s knowledge of the physical interaction with the world.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 31-Dec-2015
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/24094
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.24094
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Body Talk and Cultural Identity in the African World
 
16. Language English=en en
 
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) lakeside Malawi (Niger-Congo, Narrow Bantu, Zone N.,
contemporary,
chiTonga speakers
 
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd