THE COMMUNICATIVE FORCE OF THE BODY. CONSTITUENT PROBLEMS OF GESTURE SEMIOTICS
Keywords:body, gesture, semiosis, public communication, perform, nce
AbstractIt is said that Friedrich II has undertaken in the XIII centuries an experiment through which he was trying to discover the primordial language, spoken in Paradise, by raising children to whom no one has ever spoken. As it is well known, the end result of this experiment was the death of the subjects. This experiment is absolutely revealing for the way in which the Occident situated the body outside the sphere of communication. For it is almost impossible for these children not to have interacted with their caretakers, not to have gesticulated, howled or expressed their happiness or sadness. To consider and define body language as an essential attribute of the human being represents the main purpose of the present study.
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