Multimodal constructions in children : is the headshake part of language?

Mats Andrén

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Swedish children’s use of the headshake from 18 to 30 months shows a developmental progression from rote-learned coordination with speech to increasingly more flexible and productive coordination with speech. To deal with these observations, I introduce the concept of multimodal constructions in order to extend usage-based approaches to language learning and construction grammar into the kinetic domain. These ideas have consequences for the (meta-)theoretical question of whether gesture can be said to be part of language or not. I suggest that some speech-coordinated gestures, including the headshake, can be considered part of language, also in the traditional sense of language as a conventionalized system.
Sidor (från-till)141-170
StatusPublished - 2014

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ)

  • Jämförande språkvetenskap och lingvistik


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