Volume 13, Issue 2
  • ISSN 1568-1475
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9773
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This paper deals with the uses, in Japanese conversation, of a practice of tracing the shape of orthographic items in mid-air or on the palm using the index finger. Drawing on naturally occurring videotaped conversation, instances are analysed with regard to visibility, attention and co-gesture talk. It is proposed that the various usages are distributed along a continuum ranging from depiction to framing. A fine-grained sequential analysis of this practice in the context of repair reveals that it is employed as an integral component of a response that conforms the type of information made relevant in the enquiry. It can also constitute an interactional resource which recipients closely monitor and orient to, and which plays a central role in achieving mutual understanding.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): gesture family; Japanese; kuusho; writing
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