Chapter 19

Properties of a Gesture Language


Identity, negation, reciprocal, commutative, mathematics, Piaget

Personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures.

—F. Scott Fitzgerald


A gesture language is a communication system. Its language depends on its fundamental clarity (each gesture is well-defined) and its overall coherence (the gestures make sense together). We can apply genetic epistemology of cognition to any gestural system. In doing so we are saying that a well-developed and easy-to-learn system will be one that operates logically in a way that is analogous to human reasoning.

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