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Learning to talk and gesture about motion in French

Gullberg, Marianne LU ; Hendriks, Henriette and Hickmann, Maya (2008) In First Language 28(2). p.200-236
Abstract
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... (More)
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. (Less)
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representation of motion, motion event, path, manner, language development, French, gestures
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First Language
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28
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2
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200 - 236
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SAGE Publications
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0142-7237
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10.1177/0142723707088074
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English
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  author       = {Gullberg, Marianne and Hendriks, Henriette and Hickmann, Maya},
  issn         = {0142-7237},
  keyword      = {representation of motion,motion event,path,manner,language development,French,gestures},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {200--236},
  publisher    = {SAGE Publications},
  series       = {First Language},
  title        = {Learning to talk and gesture about motion in French},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0142723707088074},
  volume       = {28},
  year         = {2008},
}