Gestures and second language acquisition

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Most people in the world speak more than one language and many learn it as adolescents or adults. The study of second language acquisition (meaning any language learnt after the first language) is concerned with how a new language develops in the presence of an existing one. Since gestures are an integral part of communication, subject to crosslinguistic, socio- and psycholinguistic variation, they become a natural extension of second language (L2), foreign language (FL) and bilingualism studies. Gestures can be examined as a system to be acquired in its own right (the acquisition of gestures), as a window on language development (gestures in acquisition), and as a medium of development (the effect of gestures on acquisition).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBody, language, communication: an international handbook on multimodality in human interaction
EditorsCornelia Müller, Alan Cienki, Ellen Fricke, Silva H. Ladewig, David McNeill, Sedinha Tessendorf
PublisherMouton de Gruyter
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Bibliographical note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015.
The record was previously connected to the following departments: Humanities Lab (015101200), Linguistics and Phonetics (015010003)

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • General Language Studies and Linguistics


  • gestures
  • second language acquisition


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