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The Nature and Functions of Gesture in Children's Communication: New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, Number 79

The Nature and Functions of Gesture in Children's Communication: New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, Number 79

Jana M. Iverson (Editor), Susan Goldin-Meadow (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-787-91246-8

Mar 1998, Jossey-Bass

121 pages

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Imagine a child explaining a conservation judgment by saying, That one's wider, while indicating the height of a glass with his hand. Now consider an adult saying, She chased him, while brandishing an imaginary umbrella in her hands. In both of these examples, information different from that conveyed by speech is communicated by movements of the hands. These movements of the hands that co-occur with speech--gestures--are the subject of this volume of the New Directions for Child Development series. Although gesture has always been considered relevant to talk, it has usually been seen as a stream separate from speech, one that can reflect the attitudes and feelings of speakers but that is not centrally involved in language. It was not until recently that gesture became a legitimate
interest of language researches. The chapters herein focus on the spontaneous gestures that accompany speech, especially the speech of children. Together they confirm that gesture is a robust and integral part of communication that can provide unique insights into the mind.
THE GESTURE-SPEECH SYSTEM AND ITS DEVELOPMENT.

Speech and Gesture Integration (David McNeill).

The Development of Gesture and Speech as an Integrated System (Susan Goldin-Meadow).

IS GESTURE EASIER FOR LEARNERS THAN SPEECH OR SIGN?

Gestures, Signs, and Words in Early Language Development (Olga Capirci, et al.).

Encouraging Symbolic Gestures: A New Perspective on the Relationship Between Gesture and Speech (Susan W. Goodwyn & Linda P. Acredolo).

THE ROBUSTNESS OF GESTURE.

What Stuttering Reveals About the Development of the Gesture-Speech Relationship (Rachel I. Mayberry, et al.).

Gesture When There Is No Visual Model (Jana M. Iverson).

Gesture When There Is No Speech Model (Jill P. Morford).