Kinesics is the study of nonverbal, systematic communication through bodily movements, such as gestures, posture, and facial expressions. The study was pioneered by Ray Birdwhistell, a ballet dancer turned anthropologist, who wrote Introduction to Kinesics in 1952. Borrowing from descriptive linguistics, he argued that non-verbal forms of language have a grammar that can be analyzed like spoken language. Why is a "kineme" in kinesics similar to a phoneme in linguistics?
Back in the day
Nehru was one of the most important leaders of the Indian independence movement and the Indian National Congress (INC). He became India's first prime minister when the country won its independence and served from 1947 until his death, developing many of the policies that have guided India's development. Nehru's daughter, Indira Gandhi, and grandson, Rajiv, went on to lead the Congress and serve as prime minister. Why did Nehru wear a fresh rose in his coat from 1938 until the end of his life?
Born on a day like today
Carson was an American writer and marine biologist. Her Silent Spring, a provocative study of the dangers of certain insecticides, is generally acknowledged as the impetus for the modern environmental movement. In other well-known books on sea life, such as Under the Sea Wind, she combines keen scientific observation with rich poetic description. She was inspired to write Silent Spring after receiving a letter from the owner of a bird sanctuary who was concerned about what?