Pragmatics and Cognition 24 (3):441-473 (2017)

Michael Paul Stevens
University of Nottingham Ningbo China
This study examines the form and function of gestural depictions that develop over extended stretches of concept explanation by a philosopher. Building on Streeck’s explorations of depiction by gesture, we examine how this speaker’s process of exposition involves sequences of multimodal, analogical depiction by which the philosophical concepts are not only expressed through gesture forms, but also dynamically analyzed and construed through gestural activity. Drawing on perspectives of gesture as active meaning making, we argue that the build-up of gestures in depiction sequences, activated through a multimodal metaphor, engages the wider philosophical standpoint of the speaker. Using video analysis supported by interview data, we demonstrate how examination of gestures within and across discourse can lead to understanding of how dynamic, embodied, and subjective processes of conceptualization contribute to philosophical theorizing.
Keywords gesture  conceptualization  depiction  construal  philosophy
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DOI 10.1075/pc.17024.ste
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