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By Andre Leroi-Gourhan – Gesture and Speech [Anna Bostock Berger (Translator ), Randall White (Introduction) Andre Leroi-Gourhan] on *FREE*. André Leroi-Gourhan was a French archaeologist, paleontologist, paleoanthropologist, and . Gesture and Speech (Cambridge, Massachusetts & London: MIT Press, ). The Hunters of Prehistory Trans. Claire Jacobson. New York. Alexander said: It ought to be a criminal offence that Gesture and Speech, the defining work AndrA(c) Leroi-Gourhan () was an anthropologist and .

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Speehc bold and coherent revision of both analytic and archaeological methods revolutionized the study of prehistoric culture. His adoption of the structuralist method for the analysis of prehistoric art enabled a radical rethinking and clearer understanding of its nature, with resulting implications for the understanding of the art of our own times, and for a broad range of contemporary issues.

Gesture and Speech

Leroi-Gourhan was, for example, concerned with questions of communication, particularly the ways in which new techniques of communication reshape our understanding of language and writing. His work in this field has proved catalytic for the thinking of other major theorists, among them Jacques Derrida.

Gesture and Speech combines in one volume Technics and Language and Memory and Rhythms, which are the cornerstones of Leroi-Gourhan’s comprehensive theory of human behavior and cultural development. In Technics and Language, Leroi-Gourhan looks at prehistoric technology in relation to the development of cognitive and linguistic faculties, expanding on the cultural ramifications of erect posture, a short face, a free hand during locomotion, and possession of movable implements. Memory and Rhythms approaches its subject from the standpoints of sociology and aesthetics.

Here Leroi-Gourhan addresses the problems of instinct and intelligence. He defines the relationship between aesthetic behavior, on the one hand, and species attitudes and the personalization of ethnic groups, on the other, and undertakes a sweeping aesthetic analysis from visceral perception to figurative art, including a discussion of the “language of forms” that makes figurative art an abstract expression of language.

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To ask other readers questions about Gesture and Speechs;eech sign up. I don’t know how it appear in screen. See 1 question about Gesture and Speech…. Lists with This Book. Jun 13, Alexander rated it it was amazing. After all, nothing less than the arc and trajectory of ‘the human adventure’ is at stake in this work, one extending from depths of evolutionary time right through to the as-yet unrealized future s of humanity.

André Leroi-Gourhan

Indeed, the very label of ‘anthropology’ belies the richness of this work, which doesn’t so much deal with this or that aspect of human behavior, so much as it traces the very becoming-human of our species; In truth, less anthropology than anthropogenesis is the wheel upon which Gesture and Speech turns.


How then, does the human fable unfold? As told by Leroi-Gourhan, what defines our becoming-human is less the acquisition of any one specific trait, than the progressive ‘liberation’ and ‘exteriorization’ of our various biological faculties. Beginning with the evolution of our bipedal physiognomy, which freed our hands for the purposes of manual manipulation and our mouths for gestjre, so in turn do our memory and muscles follow suit, becoming respectively externalized in society and technology.

One thinks here, for example, of our vast libraries of accumulated knowledge ‘offline’ in Leroi-Gourhan’s day, online ,eroi ours! Beyond our mere ‘zoological’ traits however, space and time themselves become subject to a progressive ‘humanization’, with cities and communities transforming the environment for the sake of human proclivities; socialized rhythms of work, transport, play and sleep warping and waning the power of non-human cadences – think planetary motion and seasonal change – in ways unthinkable to the nomadic hunter-gatherers of yesteryear.

Art too is given a similar treatment, with L-G tracing the development of human aesthetics from its sensual grounding in taste, touch, sight and smell all the way through to the ‘functional aesthetics’ of tools and the figurative representations of modern – and pre-modern – art. All to say dpeech of the discussion of language made famous by Jacques Derrida, among others. As might be gleaned from the pithy summary above then, the scope and ambition of Gesture and Speech is simply huge.

Far from skimping on the details in favour of the big picture however, part of geshure book’s majesty lies precisely in its elaborate discussion of the minutiae of human action: With both at play, and to the degree that we remain the protagonists and inheritors of the chronicle presented herein, Gesture and Speech is a work of anthropological magic that simply cannot be overlooked.

Mar 09, Ricky rated it liked it. This book has been given to me after an interesting conversation with the father of a friend of mine. We were talking about how the human beings are not supposed to have a complete knowledge of how the world works, because they’re just animals, only more more complex than the others.

We are not the climax of millions of years of evolution,we’re not the “lucky ones” who are made to conquer the world and rule it forever. We are just another species, the result of evolution and contingency. And that This book has been given to me after an interesting conversation with the father of a friend of mine. What made us so gurhan was not our bigger brain, but our symmetry,our hand and our posture.

We have bigger brains because of the way our skull and our face evolved,and so we are not more evolved because we’re more intelligent, but we’re more intelligent because we are more evolved. All that is typical to our species, tools, art, language, cities and society is in fact a mere result of our biological evolution, not because of an implicit superior of the homo sapiens the name itself it’s a bit assuming, isn’t it?

This is not to say that we aren’t free or that evolution is the only allmighty force that rules every aspect of our life, it’s just a way to accept who we are, wat we can do and why we should do it. We are animals but this doesn’t make our life different, we have only to accept this. This book is a really interesting reading if you’re keen on biology, paleo-anthropology, linguistics and anthropology, but can be awfully boring if you’re not interested I found the first part, more about paleontology than anthropology a bit too complex for me, but I really liked when he starts dealing with tools, language and culture.


In conclision, is a good book but I recommend it only for readers who love this subject. Feb 23, Philippe Malzieu rated it it snd amazing. Leroi-Gourhan exerted spesch considerable influence not only among prehistorians but also at the ethnologists. He has a religion. He thus has a cosmogony which locates his in the universe. He has an artistic direction. Leroi-Gourhan estimates that the painted caves are sanctuaries.

The importance of the transition between primate and hominid is a delicate phase. What is remarkable, it is that the hominisation is done with a Leroi-Gourhan exerted a considerable influence not only among prehistorians but also at the ethnologists. What is remarkable, it is that the hominisation is done with acquisition of the artistic direction and anf.

There is the fundamental role of this small muscle: It is it who makes it possible to seize out of grip. He begins actor and no subject.

And the gesture is accompanied by sounds which will become a language. This work is a sum which enables us to understand from where we come.

Gesture and Speech by André Leroi-Gourhan

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