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Conduct and Communication

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Kinesics and Context

Essays on Body Motion Communication

By Ray L. Birdwhistell

Ray L. Birdwhistell, in this study of human body motion (a study he terms kinesics), advances the theory that human communication needs and uses all the senses, that the information conveyed by human gestures and movements is coded and patterned differently in various cultures, and that these codes can be discovered by skilled scrutiny of particular movements within a social context.

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The Spoken Word and the Work of Interpretation

By Dennis Tedlock

Dennis Tedlock presents startling new methods for transcribing, translating, and interpreting oral performance that carry wide implications for all areas of the spoken arts. Moreover, he reveals how the categories and concepts of poetics and hermeneutics based in Western literary traditions cannot be carried over in their entirety to the spoken arts of other cultures but require extensive reevaluation.

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Talking Culture

Ethnography and Conversation Analysis

By Michael Moerman

Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Book

Argues that anyone—anthropologist, psychologist, or policeman—who uses what people say to find out what people think had better know how speech itself is organized.

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