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ERIC Number: EJ1011720
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 28
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ISSN: ISSN-0305-0009
Gesture and Language in Narratives and Explanations: The Effects of Age and Communicative Activity on Late Multimodal Discourse Development
Alamillo, Asela Reig; Colletta, Jean-Marc; Guidetti, Michele
Journal of Child Language, v40 n3 p511-538 Jun 2013
This article addresses the effect of communicative activity on the use of language and gesture by school-age children. The present study examined oral narratives and explanations produced by children aged six and ten years on the basis of several linguistic and gestural measures. Results showed that age affects both gestural and linguistic behaviour, supporting previous findings that multimodal discourse continues to develop during the school-age years. The task (narration vs. explanation) also had clear effects on the use of language and gesture: gestures and subordinate markers were more frequent in explanations than in narratives, whereas cohesion markers were more often used in narratives. Altogether, these results show partly distinctive developmental patterns between narrative monologic discourse behaviour and explanatory behaviour in the context of dialogue and question-answer exchanges.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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