Isabel Galhano Rodrigues:
Gesture choreography and gesture space in european vs. african portuguese interactions
She talked about cultural differences, regarding proxemics, regarding ‘touch gestures’.
Hmmm, she just showed two really nice videos, one with Portuguese students and one with Angolese students, who also talk Portuguese. They differ quite a lot in their gesturing, in the sense of their use of space.
Rodrigues points out that the Africans have little problem with gesturing close to the other people, whereas the Europeans appear to respect a large ‘body buffer’.
Questions: Were they representative of their ‘group’? Answer: this was just a first recording that I analysed.