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This paper describes a possible formal organizational device that serves to bound episodes of body movement such as gestures, fidgets, instrumental moves and the like. It involves a spate of movement — whether a single move or a series of moves — being completed by returning the moving body part to the position from which it departed at the outset. A series of specimens are examined which display this organizational device across a number of dimensions of variation — in the body part being moved, the characteristics of the mover, the amplitude of the move, etc., underscoring the formality and adaptability of the device.

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Keywords: body movement; formal organization; gesture

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/gest.2.2.02sac

Affiliations: 1: Formerly University of California, Irvine 2: University of California, Los Angeles

Publication date: January 1, 2002

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