But the guy being interviewed makes a clear, presumably testable claim:
The meaning is tending to come from the gesture, not necessarily from the linguistics. And if you see a difference between the gesture and the linguistics, you will tend to go with what the body was saying.Anybody know of any evidence for this? I know that forensic linguists and others have invested a lot of effort in figuring out when people are lying, etc. Sounds like expensive snake oil being peddled to businesses to me.
If that's not got you reading the article yet, check out this exchange:
KM: So you are saying that, at times, body language actually trumps the words that I am actually saying.MB: Oh, for sure; for sure it trumps it. The words, the linguistics, are the spaghetti sauce. The spaghetti is what is happening with the body.
Ironically, the Google news feed to your right also contained this piece from the Chicago Reader, about David McNeill, an actual psycholinguist working on gesture.
Does saying random stuff to business execs pays better than the scientific study of human behavior?
Image from here.