The look of writing in reading. Graphetic empathy in making and perceiving graphic traces

Johannessen, C. M., Longcamp, M., Stuart, S. A.J., Thibault, P. J. and Baber, C. (2021) The look of writing in reading. Graphetic empathy in making and perceiving graphic traces. Language Sciences, 84, 101363. (doi: 10.1016/j.langsci.2021.101363)

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Abstract

This article presents preliminary considerations and results from a research project designed to investigate the relation between (i) gestures, (ii) graphic traces and (iii) perceptions. More specifically, the project aims to test the hypothesis that graphic traces, including handwriting, can set up graphetic empathy between writers and readers of traces across long temporal and spatial distances. Insofar as a graphic trace is lawfully related to the gesture by which it came into being, the trace itself will hold information about the gesture, which may resonate with the sensorimotor system of a perceiver, as if they themselves performed the gesture. If this is in fact so, it will have important and hitherto unanticipated implications for our understanding of the embodiment of reading. As part of the article we will present and discuss the results of a neurophenomenological trial study through which we attempt to operationalize the gesture-trace and trace–perception relations respectively.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The authors were funded by a SEED grant from The Faculty of Humanities, University of Southern Denmark. There are no conflicts of interest.
Keywords:Trace, graphetic empathy, phonetic empathy, affordance, prosody, neurophenomenology, elicitation interview.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Stuart, Dr Susan
Authors: Johannessen, C. M., Longcamp, M., Stuart, S. A.J., Thibault, P. J., and Baber, C.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities
Journal Name:Language Sciences
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0388-0001
ISSN (Online):1873-5746
Published Online:16 February 2021

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