Gesture signs in social interaction: how group size influences gesture communication

Macleod, Tracy (2009) Gesture signs in social interaction: how group size influences gesture communication. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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This thesis explores the effects of group size on gesture communication. Signs in general change, in the kind of information they convey and the way in which they do so, and changes depend on interactive communication. For instance, speech is like dialogue in smaller groups but like monologue in larger groups. It was predicted that gestures would be influenced in a similar way by group size. In line with predictions, communication in groups of 5 was like dialogue whereas in groups of 8 it was like monologue. This was evident from the types of gesture that occurred with more beat and deictic gestures being produced in groups of 5. Iconic gesture production was comparable across group size but as predicted gestures were more complex in groups of 8. This was also the case for social gestures. Findings fit with dialogue models of communication and in particular the Alignment Model. Also in line with this model, group members aligned on gesture production and form.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Gesture signs, interactive communication, modification for use, dialogue models, entrainment or alignment
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Colleges/Schools: College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Supervisor's Name: Garrod, Prof. Simon
Date of Award: 2009
Depositing User: Ms TJ Macleod
Unique ID: glathesis:2009-1205
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2009
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 13:35

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