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What is gestural usage?



Gestural usage is the use of a deictic expression in such a way that a physical monitoring of the speech situation is necessary for interpretation of the expression.

Example (English)
  • In the following sequence, an accompanying gesture is necessary to interpret the expression:

  • This one’s genuine, but this one is a fake.
  • Source:

    Levinson 1983 65

  • See also

    What is symbolic usage?


    Fillmore 1975 40


    Levinson 1983 65

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