The parallel development of the form and meaning of two-handed gestures and linguistic information packaging within a clause in narrative

Kazuki Sekine, Sotaro Kita

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Abstract

We examined how two-handed gestures and speech with equivalent contents that are used in narrative develop during childhood. The participants were 40 native speakers of English consisting of four different age groups: 3-, 5-, 9-year-olds, and adults. A set of 10 video clips depicting motion events were used to elicit speech and gesture. There are two findings. First, two types of two-handed gestures showed different developmental changes: Those with a single-handed stroke with a simultaneous hold increased with age, while those with a two handed-stroke decreased with age. Second, representational gesture and speech developed in parallel at the discourse level. More specifically, the ways in which information is packaged in a gesture and in a clause are similar for a given age group; that is, gesture and speech develop hand-in-hand.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)490-502
Number of pages13
JournalOpen Linguistics
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Children
  • Hold phase
  • Speech
  • Two-handed gestures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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