Exercise 4: Chihuahua

Discussion of how to transcribe gesture

Compare the transcripts shown as Excerpt 9, 11 and 12 in Chapter 7 for the video clip “Chihuahua.” The transcripts follow conventions developed by Streeck (Excerpt 9 and 11) and Kendon (Excerpt 12).

Chihuahua Clip

What are the differences in the three representations? What does each transcript highlight and obscure? How does Kendon’s conceptualization of gesture – its beginning and end – is made visible on the transcript?