Esquisse d'une communication gestuelle yéménite (Taez et Sanaa)

Abstract : The gestures are the innocent and cruel part of the communication. To have recourse to the hands seems curiously the best of the stopgap measures when the language of its interlocutor is not mastered. People being part to different cultures do not only speak different language but - and it is the most important - live in different sensorial and perceptive worlds.

This paper wants to tackle the question of the body language, i.e. to tackle the vast field of the gestures intentionally expressed in the aim of communication: these expressions are conventional signs used with (or used to accentuate) a verbal communication or are self-significant without a verbal expression. This is only an introduction into the subject; it does not have the ambition to be a complete catalogue. Here, is produced a collection of data scrupulously (but not exhaustively) gathered in Yemen, mainly in Taez and Sanaa.

This study gives a first outline of the richness of Yemen gestures used in contexts of communication. More than 150 gestures are classified according to two methods of expression: to be in relation to somebody (To greet, be opposed, to promise, etc.) and to describe (a person, an object, etc).
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Vincent Battesti. Esquisse d'une communication gestuelle yéménite (Taez et Sanaa). Chroniques yéménites, Cefas - Sanaa : Centre français d'archéologie et de sciences sociales, 2001, pp.204-223. ⟨halshs-00004074⟩

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