Learning to talk and gesture about motion in French

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Learning to talk and gesture about motion in French. / Gullberg, Marianne; Hendriks, Henriette; Hickmann, Maya.

In: First Language, Vol. 28, No. 2, 2008, p. 200-236.

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Gullberg, Marianne ; Hendriks, Henriette ; Hickmann, Maya. / Learning to talk and gesture about motion in French. In: First Language. 2008 ; Vol. 28, No. 2. pp. 200-236.

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Learning to talk and gesture about motion in French

AU - Gullberg, Marianne

AU - Hendriks, Henriette

AU - Hickmann, Maya

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 study explores how French adults and children aged four and six years talk and gesture about voluntary motion, examining (1) how they encode path and manner in speech, (2) how they encode this information in accompanying gestures; and (3) whether gestures are co-expressive with speech or express other information. When path and manner are equally relevant, children’s and adults’ speech and gestures both focus on path, rather than on manner. Moreover, gestures are predominantly co-expressive with speech at all ages. However, when they are non-redundant, adults tend to gesture about path while talking about manner, whereas children gesture about both path and manner while talking about path. The discussion highlights implications for our understanding of speakers’ representations and their development.

AB - This study explores how French adults and children aged four and six years talk and gesture about voluntary motion, examining (1) how they encode path and manner in speech, (2) how they encode this information in accompanying gestures; and (3) whether gestures are co-expressive with speech or express other information. When path and manner are equally relevant, children’s and adults’ speech and gestures both focus on path, rather than on manner. Moreover, gestures are predominantly co-expressive with speech at all ages. However, when they are non-redundant, adults tend to gesture about path while talking about manner, whereas children gesture about both path and manner while talking about path. The discussion highlights implications for our understanding of speakers’ representations and their development.

KW - representation of motion

KW - motion event

KW - path

KW - manner

KW - language development

KW - French

KW - gestures

U2 - 10.1177/0142723707088074

DO - 10.1177/0142723707088074

M3 - Article

VL - 28

SP - 200

EP - 236

JO - First Language

T2 - First Language

JF - First Language

SN - 0142-7237

IS - 2

ER -