Definition of Kinesics
(noun) The study of non-verbal body movements such as facial expressions and gestures as a means of communication.
Example of Kinesics
Etymology of Kinesics
- Coined by Ray Birdwhistell (1918–1994) in 1952.
- American English – /kuh-nEE-siks/
- British English – /kie-nEE-siks/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /kəˈnisɪks/
- British English – /kᵻˈniːsɪks/
- A kinemes is the smallest unit of movement, similar to morphemes or phonemes.
- Also called:
- nonvocal communication
- Informally called body language.
- Sociolinguistics Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “kinesics” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
Merriam-Webster. (N.d.) Merriam-Webster Dictionary. (http://www.merriam-webster.com/).
Oxford University Press. (N.d.) Oxford Dictionaries. (https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/).
Tischler, Henry L. 2011. Introduction to Sociology. 10th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wiktionary, The Free Dictionary. Wikimedia Foundation. (http://en.wiktionary.org).
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “kinesics.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 3, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/kinesics/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
kinesics. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/kinesics/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “kinesics.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 3, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/kinesics/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“kinesics.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 3 Oct. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/kinesics/>.