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By Orit Sônia Waisman

This unique learn applies semiotics to linguistic and non-linguistic segments in a textual content looking for power correlations among them. the ensuing mapping is utilized to situations of gesture-word mismatches which are obtrusive in clash occasions. the present research adopts the note structures strategy, a sign-based concept that's clearly designed for the research of linguistic symptoms, and extends it to non-linguistic devices, borrowing analytical instruments from the sphere of dance circulation remedy. the range of interdisciplinary metaphorical and literal interpretations of the analyzed symptoms enriches the theoretical framework and allows exam of the circumstances of mismatches. consequently, this research makes a significant contribution to the certainty of linguistic/non-linguistic mismatches in occasions of clash. extra, it makes extra common claims: the semiotic process underlying this examine paves the best way for additional examine of correlations (or lack thereof) among a number of phenomena slicing throughout sociology, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics and political technological know-how.

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The Neveh Shalom/Wahat al-Salam School for Peace was founded in 1979 by the community, aiming to spread its ideas. This was done by various means of creating encounters in the village itself, between Arabs and Jews of various populations: children, students, teachers and the general public. Over the years, the faculty grew, and gradually a clear professional approach took shape – one which views the encounter of two different ethnic identities with the aim to explore and build each group’s self-identity.

The feature of roundness, present both in words and in gesture, is part of the first word system I discovered – the beten word system). The beten (belly) word system The Mismatch Forms enabled a thorough inspection of recurring verbal and nonverbal signs around the mismatches. Much to my surprise, I found an extraordinary distribution of the word “belly” (beten in Hebrew) by various ­participants. . To maintain its original meaning, as close to the source as possible, I found it best to leave the term in its original form, a practice I will use throughout the book.

Another good example of this is found in the research of the prosodic aspects of language systems, for instance, that some linguists consider “nonlinguistic” (Liberman, 1975). In fact, the dichotomous view that perceives gestures as a means of communication at our disposal only when verbal expression fails is still very prominent today (Kendon, 2001). This is evident in relatively recent works of Hadar and ­Butterworth (1997) and in some of the studies in the book ‘Language and Gesture’ edited by David McNeill (2000), which regard gesture as a backup or an auxiliary system for absent speech.

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