Italian Hand Gestures - a Short History in a NYTimes Video

Can Italians talk without using their hands? Gestures offer a window into Roman culture. Read the story here: http://nyti.ms/1avwKYQ



Some gestures are simple but others are far more complex. They add an inflection — of fatalism, resignation, world-weariness — that is as much a part of the Italian experience as breathing.

To Italians, gesturing comes naturally. Some even joke that gesturing may even begin before birth.

Isabella Poggi, a professor of psychology at Roma Tre University and an expert on gestures, has identified around 250 gestures that Italians use in everyday conversation.

References:

When Italians Chat, Hands and Fingers Do the Talking - NYTimes.com, 2013 http://nyti.ms/18x8ntc

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