Analyse sémio-sémantique de la gestuelle dans les clips vidéo de rap

Title in English Semiotico-semantic analysis of gestures in rap video clips


Year of publication 2020
Type Chapter of a book
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description The objective of this study is to answer the question about the interpretability, univocality and universality of rappers’ gestures. Starting from fifty rap videos (25 in French and 25 in Czech), a corpus of 136 different gestures with more than 3,000 occurrences is subjected to semiotic analysis. The categorization shows that gestures marking the beat of the rhythm are the most numerous (almost half of all occurrences), followed by a rich palette of iconic gestures (sleeping, listening, enumerating, writing etc. ) and indexical (pointing to oneself, the other, the camera etc.). A new category of gestures with a metalinguistic and phatic aim is proposed to group gestures halfway between index and icons by which rappers mark the beginning or end of their performance, organize their speech or show their desire for the message to pass to the listener.
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