Composite ideophone-gesture utterances in the Ashéninka Perené 'community of practice', an Amazonian Arawak society from Central-Eastern Peru

Mihas, Elena (2013) Composite ideophone-gesture utterances in the Ashéninka Perené 'community of practice', an Amazonian Arawak society from Central-Eastern Peru. Gesture, 13 (1). pp. 28-62.

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Abstract

Based on extensive fieldwork in Peru among Ashéninka Perené Arawaks, this study is a preliminary report on ideophone-gesture composites, with special focus on the meaning and functions of ideophone-gesture couplings within participatory learning frameworks. In expert-novice learning environments, ideophone-gesture composites appear to carry a unique cognitive-communicative load by forming scaffolding knowledge structures on the basis of the conventionalized ideophone-gesture inventories. The data are illustrative of Streeck's (2009) vision of the hands' involvement in meaning-making, i.e., that some of the ways in which depictive gestures evoke the world ascend from a basic set of everyday activities of hands in the world, within particular ecological and cultural settings.

Item ID: 31126
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1569-9773
Keywords: Arawak; Ashéninka Perené; composite utterance; ideophone-gesture coupling; participatory learning
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2014 23:47
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200408 Linguistic Structures (incl Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 100%
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