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  • Paperback: 428 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; New edition edition (8 Feb. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226561348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226561349
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 530,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ingrida on 22 Mar. 2012
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I received a book with at least 10 pages missing in it.Really frustrating! I'll be more careful next time when ordering used books.
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first reviewer gives a bad impression 8 Dec. 2003
By Sam Torrisi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Yes, this book is a bit difficult, but it's not *supposed* to be for the lay person. It's a very clearly written exposition of over 10 years of psycholinguistic research by Professor McNeill (now he might call himself a Cognitive Linguist, I don't know for sure). I just couldn't let that one review stand alone because it is so sorely misguided and makes McNeill's work unappealing. Today gesture studies is a thriving discipline, and this book is probably THE MOST influential and cited work in the field. VERY IMPORTANT. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A strong theoretical grounding is necessary 22 Dec. 2013
By P. A. Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Understanding the words of this book is only one level of understanding that is necessary to follow McNeill's analyses. As a visiting professor one semester, he was the lecturer of one of my graduate classes. There is no way to "understand" McNeill without a very extensive theoretical background. McNeill is a creative researcher that grounds his work in observation, analysis, and theory, as well as the mechanics of the mind/brain. This book is not pop science that anyone can pick up and read like a novel.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Provocative and groundbreaking 5 Oct. 2006
By Sherman E. Wilcox - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The second reviewer is correct. This is a landmark book by one of the pioneers in research on language, mind, and gesture.
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Dumb down, huh! 20 Oct. 2014
By Action Plumbing - Published on Amazon.com
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Reviewer #1 needs to do his homework. If everyone who had something to say dumbed downed his writings for the "common folk", we'd still be in the dark ages. If I can read, understand, and appreciate this book, so can anyone else.
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THE best book ever written on the subject! 4 April 2009
By Ron Stewart - Published on Amazon.com
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As to the one bad review of 3 reviews, and I don't say this with animosity, but rather with an understanding of the recondite nature of the writing, would necessarily engender the harangue expounded by the reviewer. The erudition obvious in Professor McNeill's writing is comprehensible only by a small majority of the population who've reached a pinnacle of the mastery of the technically advanced jargon throughout the writing, as well as a mastery of words appropriate to the subject. For people who know they are at this level, this is THE level of knowledge they have been looking for. There is no better book on this subject. This is why the book was awarded Honorable Mention as the "Best Psychology Book of 1992" by the Association of American Publishers. For people who are not at this level (See Sapir-Whorf hypothesis), this is a good primer to have a glimpse of an awareness they have never known. If one wants to move up to a higher level of awareness, this book is not only well suited for the subject matter discussed, but is also a beginning to expand a person's ability to become aware of the logic and use of words that will improve their schema, provided they are willing to undergo the necessary study of both higher level words, as well as the logic used in the writing.
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