O Clever 'he's streetwise': when gestures become quotable: the case of the clever gesture

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dc.date.accessioned 2006-01-24 en
dc.date.accessioned 2023-10-10T19:01:16Z
dc.date.available 2023-10-10T19:01:16Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/7036
dc.description.abstract Among black urban South Africans in the province of Gauteng, quotable gestures are a prominent feature of everyday communication. Most notable is a gesture commonly glossed as clever meaning 'streetwise' and 'city slick'. An analysis of the clever gesture in everyday communicative situations shows that it conveys a variety of meanings and functions related to the core paradigmatic meaning of 'seeing' and the core sociointeractional function of acceptance and inclusion. 'Seeing' is an important cultural value in black urban society particularly in relation to being clever. 'Seeing' is also the central characteristic of modern urban African identity in contrast to the 'non-seeing' rural, tribal, and primitive African. The clever gesture is a focused expression of this key social division within South African society. Consideration of the clever gesture in relation to its social role and the gestural repertoire suggests that key cultural concerns determine both quotable status and semantico-grammatical nature. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject COMMUNICATIONS en
dc.subject SEMANTICS en
dc.subject GESTURES en
dc.subject EMBLEMS en
dc.title O Clever 'he's streetwise': when gestures become quotable: the case of the clever gesture en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version N en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 1(2) en
dc.BudgetYear 2001/02 en
dc.ResearchGroup Child, Youth and Family Development en
dc.SourceTitle Gesture en
dc.ArchiveNumber 3570 en
dc.PageNumber 167-184 en
dc.outputnumber 2122 en
dc.bibliographictitle Brookes, H.J. (2001) O Clever hes streetwise: when gestures become quotable: the case of the clever gesture. Gesture. 1(2):167-184. http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/7036 http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/7036 en
dc.publicationyear 2001 en
dc.contributor.author1 Brookes, H.J. en

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