A helping hand? Gestures, L2 learners, and grammar

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A helping hand? Gestures, L2 learners, and grammar. / Gullberg, Marianne.

Gesture: Second language acquisition and classroom research. ed. / Stephen McCafferty; Stam Gale. Routledge, 2008. p. 185-210.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Harvard

Gullberg, M 2008, A helping hand? Gestures, L2 learners, and grammar. in S McCafferty & S Gale (eds), Gesture: Second language acquisition and classroom research. Routledge, pp. 185-210.

APA

Gullberg, M. (2008). A helping hand? Gestures, L2 learners, and grammar. In S. McCafferty, & S. Gale (Eds.), Gesture: Second language acquisition and classroom research (pp. 185-210). Routledge.

CBE

Gullberg M. 2008. A helping hand? Gestures, L2 learners, and grammar. McCafferty S, Gale S, editors. In Gesture: Second language acquisition and classroom research. Routledge. pp. 185-210.

MLA

Gullberg, Marianne "A helping hand? Gestures, L2 learners, and grammar". and McCafferty, Stephen Gale, Stam (editors). Gesture: Second language acquisition and classroom research. Routledge. 2008, 185-210.

Vancouver

Gullberg M. A helping hand? Gestures, L2 learners, and grammar. In McCafferty S, Gale S, editors, Gesture: Second language acquisition and classroom research. Routledge. 2008. p. 185-210

Author

Gullberg, Marianne. / A helping hand? Gestures, L2 learners, and grammar. Gesture: Second language acquisition and classroom research. editor / Stephen McCafferty ; Stam Gale. Routledge, 2008. pp. 185-210

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TY - CHAP

T1 - A helping hand? Gestures, L2 learners, and grammar

AU - Gullberg, Marianne

N1 - The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Linguistics and Phonetics (015010003)

PY - 2008

Y1 - 2008

N2 - This chapter explores what L2 learners' gestures reveal about L2 grammar. The focus is on learners’ difficulties with maintaining reference in discourse caused by their incomplete mastery of pronouns. The study highlights the systematic parallels between properties of L2 speech and gesture, and the parallel effects of grammatical development in both modalities. The validity of a communicative account of interlanguage grammar in this domain is tested by taking the cohesive properties of the gesture-speech ensemble into account. Specifically, I investigate whether learners use gestures to compensate for and to license over-explicit reference in speech. The results rule out a communicative account for the spoken variety of maintained reference. In contrast, cohesive gestures are found to be multi-functional. While the presence of cohesive gestures is not communicatively motivated, their spatial realisation is. It is suggested that gestures are exploited as a grammatical communication strategy to disambiguate speech wherever possible, but that they may also be doing speaker-internal work. The methodological importance of considering L2 gestures when studying grammar is also discussed.

AB - This chapter explores what L2 learners' gestures reveal about L2 grammar. The focus is on learners’ difficulties with maintaining reference in discourse caused by their incomplete mastery of pronouns. The study highlights the systematic parallels between properties of L2 speech and gesture, and the parallel effects of grammatical development in both modalities. The validity of a communicative account of interlanguage grammar in this domain is tested by taking the cohesive properties of the gesture-speech ensemble into account. Specifically, I investigate whether learners use gestures to compensate for and to license over-explicit reference in speech. The results rule out a communicative account for the spoken variety of maintained reference. In contrast, cohesive gestures are found to be multi-functional. While the presence of cohesive gestures is not communicatively motivated, their spatial realisation is. It is suggested that gestures are exploited as a grammatical communication strategy to disambiguate speech wherever possible, but that they may also be doing speaker-internal work. The methodological importance of considering L2 gestures when studying grammar is also discussed.

KW - communication strategy

KW - visibility

KW - discourse

KW - information structure

KW - reference tracking

KW - gesture

KW - second language acquisition

M3 - Book chapter

SN - 978-0-8058-6053-5

SP - 185

EP - 210

BT - Gesture: Second language acquisition and classroom research

A2 - McCafferty, Stephen

A2 - Gale, Stam

PB - Routledge

ER -