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The American Journal of Semiotics

Volume 27, Issue 1/4, 2011

Including a Special Section

Axel Hübler, Jens Schumacher
Pages 47-79
DOI: 10.5840/ajs2011271/42

Nonverbal Behavior As Index of Social Class

Motivated by historical insights, the current study examines whether speech-concomitant nonverbal behavior differs between social classes. On the basis of widely accepted concepts relating to cognitive theories of nonverbal communication and a preliminary outline of a concept of ‘communicative physicality’, a TV corpus of autobiographical narratives is analyzed according to a set of working-hypotheses. The results confirm the leading assumption of class-specific differences.

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