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dc.contributor.advisorHatfield, Hunter
dc.contributor.authorJones, Dean Alan
dc.date.available2018-06-26T21:21:36Z
dc.date.copyright2018
dc.identifier.citationJones, D. A. (2018). Constructing Novel Iconic Signs Through Gesture (Thesis, Master of Arts). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/8139en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/8139
dc.description.abstractThe origin of language has been a mystery for many years, with many possible theories offered as an explanation. One of the strongest theories states that human spoken language originated after the development of a gestural communication system. An important question in this theory is how these gestures developed, and how they became symbolic. Research within experimental semiotics has studied the process of simplification within emerging language systems, but most research has examined graphical systems and not gestures. The current research fills this gap by experimentally studying the process of simplification with iconic gestures. Ten pairs of participants were asked to use only bodily gesture to convey the meaning of a word to their partner. Concepts were repeated six times, allowing for the analysis of simplification over those representations. In addition, following Merola (2007) and Poggi (2008), four types of words (actions, animate creatures, natural objects, and artefacts) were provided in order to test the sorts of gestures that were used to convey iconic meaning. The results show that the number of component gestures used to convey the concept reduced over the first three iterations, after which they remained stable. In addition, there was a significant relationship between the type of meaning to be conveyed and the type of gesture employed. The thesis concludes examining the sorts of components that were employed and how simplification progressed in order to set up future research on the topic of emergent gesture-based communication systems.
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dc.publisherUniversity of Otago
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dc.subjecticonicity
dc.subjectgesture
dc.subjectexperimentalsemiotics
dc.subjectlanguageorigin
dc.titleConstructing Novel Iconic Signs Through Gesture
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2018-06-26T20:53:09Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglish and Linguistics
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelMasters
otago.openaccessOpen
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