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

Andrén, Mats LU (2014) In Gesture 14(2). p.141-170
Abstract
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.
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development, language, gesture, construction grammar, semiotics
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Gesture
volume
14
issue
2
pages
141 - 170
publisher
John Benjamins Publishing Company
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  • wos:000365043200002
  • scopus:84943244642
ISSN
1568-1475
DOI
10.1075/gest.14.2.02.and
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Centre for Cognitive Semiotics (CCS)
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English
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  author       = {Andrén, Mats},
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  keyword      = {development,language,gesture,construction grammar,semiotics},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {141--170},
  publisher    = {John Benjamins Publishing Company},
  series       = {Gesture},
  title        = {Multimodal constructions in children : is the headshake part of language?},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/gest.14.2.02.and},
  volume       = {14},
  year         = {2014},
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