Does Familiarity Affect Gestural Rates?
Summary, in English
Although research on gesture rates is limited and restricted to aspects such as visibility and gesture functions, this study focuses on the effects of different degrees of familiarity (friend, acquaintance and stranger), in face-to-face interaction.
The results show that each level of familiarity has different gestural rates. For example, higher gestural rates were registered when the speaker talks with an acquaintance and lower gestural rates registered when the speaker interacts with a friend and with a stranger.
The study highlights the influence of the speaker’s knowledge, the use of English as a second language and social behaviour which are also discussed.
- Languages and Literatures
- Gesture strokes
- Gesture rates
- Marianne Gullberg (Professor)