This Handbook provides an up-to-date discussion of the central issues in nonverbal communication and examines the research that informs these issues. Editors Valerie Manusov and Miles Patterson bring together preeminent scholars, from a range of disciplines, to reveal the strength of nonverbal behavior as an integral part of communication.

Chapter 6: Nonverbal and Verbal Communication: Hand Gestures and Facial Displays as Part of Language Use in Face-to-Face Dialogue1

Nonverbal and Verbal Communication: Hand Gestures and Facial Displays as Part of Language Use in Face-to-Face Dialogue1

Nonverbal and verbal communication: Hand gestures and facial displays as part of language use in face-to-face dialogue

Of the many different research perspectives on the fundamentals of nonverbal communication, one of the most taken for granted is the relationship between verbal communication and co-occurring nonverbal acts. Most researchers assume that conversational gestures (e.g., illustrators) and some facial actions (e.g., eyebrow emphasizers or a quizzical expression) contribute to the talk-in-progress. This chapter is the next step in a developing model on the contribution of nonverbal communication to face-to-face dialogue (proposed originally in Bavelas & Chovil, 2000). In addition to drawing on the evidence so far, we will suggest new ...

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