ERIC Number: EJ849461
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Co-Speech Gesture as Input in Verb Learning
Goodrich, Whitney; Hudson Kam, Carla L.
Developmental Science, v12 n1 p81-87 Jan 2009
People gesture a great deal when speaking, and research has shown that listeners can interpret the information contained in gesture. The current research examines whether learners can also use co-speech gesture to inform language learning. Specifically, we examine whether listeners can use information contained in an iconic gesture to assign meaning to a novel verb form. Two experiments demonstrate that adults and 2-, 3-, and 4-year-old children can infer the meaning of novel intransitive verbs from gestures when no other source of information is present. The findings support the idea that gesture might be a source of input available to language learners.
Descriptors: Verbs, Novelty (Stimulus Dimension), Nonverbal Communication, Language Acquisition, Adults, Young Children, Age Differences, Visual Stimuli
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