Volume 27, Issue 1/4, 2011
Including a Special Section
Axel Hübler, Jens Schumacher
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.