Art of talking with fingers – One among 64 arts (akshara-mushtika-kathana)...

Oct 8, 2014 by

Look around any coffee shop, and you’ll see how much talking our hands do for us. Colleagues underscore their conversational points with a wave of the hand or a slap of the forehead, while friends swapping stories from the weekend subtly mime crucial moments in the narrative. Customers at the pastry case point at items to indicate their orders. These everyday gestures are so spontaneous and ubiquitous that it’s easy to forget how essential they are to our communication and how much they reveal about us. “ Everybody thinks signers gesture, but it’s just not clear where sign stops and gesture begins. This may give us a way to address that question.” —Susan Goldin-Meadow Some researchers suggest that nonverbal communication represents two thirds of all the information that we communicate in what we could...

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