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The English ish-construction, in which ish follows an utterance to indicate hedging, is multimodal. It has a prosodic component (a pause between the utterance and ish), and, as observed in this paper, it is often accompanied by a co-speech gesture such as a shrug. Data from a perception study suggests that unlike prosody, gesture is not a grammatical component of the ish-construction. However, gesture does play a significant role in conveying affect to listeners. I suggest that this use of gesture is a not-at-issue contribution to the utterance, and call for further work uniting the semantics/pragmatics and sociolinguistics of gesture.
Author(s): Duncan D
Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)
Publication status: Published
Conference Name: Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America
Year of Conference: 2019
Pages: 1: 1-12
Print publication date: 15/03/2019
Acceptance date: 23/01/2019
Date deposited: 18/03/2019
Publisher: Linguistic Society of America