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Apprenticeship before being reduced to the level of automatic gesticulatiOn, while demonstrating their real ability to create cultural gaps, also confirms the phenomenon of desemantisization. This could appear unusual at first view. For example, even if the programmed syntagm to tie one's tie could be considered as made up of nonmeaningful utterances, taken as a whole within a cultural context it has a specific signification, not only for the spectator-receiver of the visual ~essa~e, but especially, ~nd also if one can give credence to the pathology of gesticulatiOn, for the producmg subject of the program itself.

It is therefore legitimate to suggest that the mobile configuration of the body, transformed into a system of constraints by its inscription into a particular cultural context, can function as a sender code. However, in order for natural gesticulation to be considered as a set of encoding operations (and it is actually a question of this), the de jure if not de facto antecedence of the axis of communication must be recognized, and both a sender-encoder and receiver-encoder must be presupposed. It is a little different when the second definition of meaning (sens) is applied TOWARD A SEMIOTICS OF THE NATURAL WORLD 0 29 28 0 TOWARD A SEMIOTICS OF THE NATURAL WORLD to human gesticulation.

Retrospectivity of bodily movements, opening vs. closing of arm gestures, in correlation with desire vs. refusal of communication or of understanding. By the status of the utterance we mean, following Jakobson, the set of the modalities of judgment that can be made about an utterance, such ~s consent vs. r~­ fusal, certitude vs. doubt, and surprise vs. ruse, and do not take mto account the1r manifestation, at the grammatical level, within linguistic semiotics. It should be noted on this very point that only modal categories can make up autonomous gestural microcodes, functioning without the help of speech or gestural utterances of a mimetic order.

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