Verbal and gestural representation of the space-time relation in multimodal communication

Svetlana Mishlanova
Perm State University, Russia

Anna Khokhlova
Perm State University, Russia

Ekaterina Morozova
Perm State University, Russia

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Ingår i: Proceedings from the 1st European Symposium on Multimodal Communication University of Malta; Valletta; October 17-18; 2013

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 101:6, s. 51-53

NEALT Proceedings Series 21:6, p. 51-53

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Publicerad: 2014-06-24

ISBN: 978-91-7519-266-6

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


This research deals with consideration of verbal and gestural representation of the space-time relation in multimodal communication.

The aim of this research is to define the way space and time relate in verbal and gestural forms in oral narrative of Russian-speaking students.

Our research is based on the works of foreign and Russian researchers in the field of cognitive linguistics such as: Alan Cienki; Cornelia Müller; Daniel Casasanto; E.A.Grishina; E.S.Kubryakova; N. D. Arutyunova; G.E.Kreydlin; etc.

According to the results of the research the activity of gesticulation depends on gender accessory. The number of gestures the female informants made surpasses the number of gestures of the male informants by several times.

The greatest number of gestures was revealed in past events. The greatest number of gestures in all episodes was made by two hands.

Speaking about the events of the past informants gesticulated with their left hands more often; whereas speaking about the events of the future they used the right-handed gestures more frequently.

On the basis of the obtained data we made the assumption that the concept of the lateral time axis in oral narrative can be also applied in Russian narrative; which means that the space-time model might be general for European languages.


Multimodal communication; gestural unit; oral narrative


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