Gestures in language development

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Abstract

Gestures are prevalent in communication and tightly linked to language and speech. As such they can shed important light on issues of language development across the lifespan. This volume, originally published as a Special Issue of Gesture 8:2 (2008), brings together studies from different disciplines that examine language development in children and adults from varying perspectives. It provides a review of common theoretical and empirical themes, and the contributions address topics such as gesture use in prelinguistic infants, the relationship between gestures and lexical development in typically and atypically developing children and in second language learners, what gestures reveal about discourse, and how all languages that adult second language speakers know can influence each other. The papers exemplify a vibrant new field of study with relevance for multiple disciplines.

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Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • General Language Studies and Linguistics

Keywords

  • lexcial development, crosslinguistic influences, atypical development, second language acquisition, child language acqusiition, gesture, language development, discourse development, viewpoint, Down Syndrom
Original languageEnglish
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
ISBN (Print)90-272-2258-4
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes

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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)

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