When I came upon this "cultural study," I simply had to respond.
I am a language expert. I taught applied linguistics for more than 25 years. That includes paralinguistic devices such as kinesics (gestures and facial expressions) and proxemics (use of space). I contend that in Hillary's case it is neither contrived nor even conscious. In fact it is not new. Here is something I posted back in 2010. 2008 supporters will recognize a familiar photo from that campaign.
When Hillary Clinton told her audience at a rally in Las Vegas on Thursday “Here’s what I believe,” she punctuated those words with not just a vocal flourish but a physical one. Up went her hand, placed over her heart.It’s a gesture unfamiliar from her past campaigns, but it’s a favorite this time around. In Columbus, Ohio, and Omaha, Mrs. Clinton spoke of her late father, and up went her hand, placed over her heart.At the Democratic National Convention, when she took the stage to wild applause, she cued the audience on how grateful, moved and humbled she felt by putting her hand to her heart, once, twice, then a third and fourth time.It’s a subliminal message of sincerity that some language experts consider contrived.
Adding this from Petra de Asis.May 16, 2010Hillary Rodham Clinton often mentions her heart. There are cultures, countries, causes, people that are close to her heart. She works her heart out. Her heart breaks - or threatens to. She says what is in her heart, and she loves her country with all her heart. Often, she touches her heart in a gesture that touches mine.