This book is useful for the study of the sociolinguistics of German, English-German bilingualism, general linguistics, and the methods of linguistic fieldwork.
Chapter 12: BAG VIII: Emotion, Gesture, Language
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BAG VIII: Emotion, Gesture, Language*
The current Bay Area German Linguistic Fieldwork Project (BAG) on “Emotion, Gesture, Language” represents the first Bay Area German project to study non-verbal communication in its twenty years of researching the language structures and habits of native German and first generation German speakers residing in the Bay Area. The hypothesis formation and fieldwork questionnaire design were thus unusually challenging. The questionnaire, quite unique among all previous Bay Area German questionnaires, consists of two parts: Part One presents ten scenarios and asks the informant to rank from 1 to 6 (“the most likely to the least likely”, respectively), six suggested emotions, six suggested gestures, and six suggested verbal reactions to each scenario. Part Two of the questionnaire presents to the informant visual images lacking verbal cues and requests that the informants themselves suggest up to three emotions, three gestures, and three verbal reactions prompted by each visual image. Finally as a redux task, the informant is shown the identical visual images with their verbal cues restored, asking the informant to supply the emotion as perceived in the redux image. Eighteen informants participated in this intricate project; data from twelve informants who scaled their answers from 1 to 6 in Part One provide the research data for this paper. It is found that emotion is most often not a simplex, but rather a complex or at least a compound. In evaluating the fit or correlation...
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