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ERIC Number: EJ969172
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0142-7164
Point to a Referent, and Say, "What Is This?" Gesture as a Potential Cue to Identify Referents in a Discourse
So, Wing Chee; Lim, Jia Yi
Applied Psycholinguistics, v33 n2 p329-342 Apr 2012
This study explored whether caregivers' gestures followed the discourse-pragmatic principle of information status of referents (given vs. new) and how their children responded to those gestures when identifying referents. Ten Chinese-speaking and eight English-speaking caregivers were videotaped while interacting spontaneously with their children. Their speech and gestures were coded for referential expressions. Our findings showed that the Chinese-speaking caregivers gestured more often than the English-speaking caregivers but both of the groups gestured more often when asking their children to identify the new referents than the given referents (e.g., pointed to a puzzle while asking "What is this"?). The children were also sensitive to the information status of referents and they relied on the gestures to identify the new referents (but not the given referents). Overall, gesture serves as a potential cue for referential identification in both the caregivers and their children.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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