Gestures and second language acquisition

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Gestures, the symbolic movements speakers perform while they speak, are systematically related to speech and language at multiple levels, and reflect cognitive and linguistic activities in non-trivial ways. This chapter presents an overview of what gestures can tell us about the processes of second language acquisition. It focuses on two key aspects, (a) gestures and the developing language system and (b) gestures and learning, and discusses some implications of an expanded view of language acquisition that takes gestures into account.


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Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • General Language Studies and Linguistics


  • bilingualism, gesture, second language acquisition
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of cognitive linguistics and second language acquisition
EditorsPeter Robinson, Nick Ellis
ISBN (Print)978-0-8058-5352-0
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographic note

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)