Methodological reflections on gesture analysis in SLA and bilingualism research

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Abstract

Gestures, i.e. the symbolic movements that speakers perform while they speak, form a closely interconnected system with speech, where gestures serve both addressee-directed (‘communicative’) and speaker-directed (‘internal’) functions. This article aims (1) to show that a combined analysis of gesture and speech offers new ways to address theoretical issues in second language acquisition (SLA) and bilingualism studies, probing SLA and bilingualism as product and process; and (2) to outline some methodological concerns and desiderata to facilitate the inclusion of gesture in SLA and bilingualism research.

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  • General Language Studies and Linguistics

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  • learner varieties, SLA, gesture, bilingualism, crosslinguistic influence, output, input, method, coding
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-102
JournalSecond Language Research
Volume26
Issue number1
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: Linguistics and Phonetics (015010003)

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