Multimodale uitdrukkingen van vanzelfsprekendheid | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 22, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 1384-5845
  • E-ISSN: 2352-1171



This article presents a multimodal study of the expressions of obviousness in spoken Dutch. Natural conversations between two participants were studied to present an overview of the verbal and non-verbal elements that express obviousness and their interplay. Markers of obviousness are verbal elements like , , , and as well as generic and deliberately unfinished utterances (cases of so-called ‘aposiopesis’), but also co-speech gestures like the opening of the hand(s), the tilt, the shoulder shrug, raising of the eyebrows and the headshake. The interplay of these markers was studied to answer the question whether one can speak of multimodal constructions of obviousness. The study reveals intriguing multimodal co-occurrences: certain verbal elements and gestures are often used together to express the interlocutor’s stance.


Article metrics loading...

Loading full text...

Full text loading...
  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): gesture; multimodal constructions; multimodality; obviousness
This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error