Revised and published as:
- Dingemanse, M. (2013). Ideophones and gesture in everyday speech. Gesture, 13(2), 143–165. doi: 10.1075/gest.13.2.02din
This chapter concerns itself with the relation between ideophones and gesture. Do ideophones indeed tend to come together with gestures, as is often claimed in the literature? If so, how often, does discourse type matter, what type of gestures are most common, and what might be the reason for this coupling? This chapter brings much needed empirical data to these questions.
Note. For data from the corpus of natural discourse, I have obtained informed consent to archive and publicly share transcripts and recordings (including on a website like this). In the earlier stages of corpus collection I did not foresee the possibility of sharing video clips on a public website so I did not seek informed consent specifically for that use. Therefore I would like to err on the side of caution by not showing these materials here.
In chapter 14, the main function of the data excerpts from the corpus is to exemplify McNeill’s taxonomy of gestures. Fortunately these gestures are also found in the folk definitions, for which explicit permission was obtained to show video clips in this website.