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ERIC Number: EJ1048367
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0305-0009
On the Way to Language: Event Segmentation in Homesign and Gesture
Ozyurek, Asli; Furman, Reyhan; Goldin-Meadow, Susan
Journal of Child Language, v42 n1 p64-94 Jan 2015
Languages typically express semantic components of motion events such as manner (roll) and path (down) in separate lexical items. We explore how these combinatorial possibilities of language arise by focusing on (i) gestures produced by deaf children who lack access to input from a conventional language (homesign); (ii) gestures produced by hearing adults and children while speaking; and (iii) gestures used by hearing adults without speech when asked to do so in elicited descriptions of motion events with simultaneous manner and path. Homesigners tended to conflate manner and path in one gesture, but also used a mixed form, adding a manner and/or path gesture to the conflated form sequentially. Hearing speakers, with or without speech, used the conflated form, gestured manner, or path, but rarely used the mixed form. Mixed form may serve as an intermediate structure on the way to the discrete and sequenced forms found in natural languages.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
Sponsor: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH)
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IES Grant or Contract Numbers: R01DC00491