Coming of age in gesture: A comparative study of gesturing and pantomiming in older children and adults

Ingrid Masson Carro, Martijn Goudbeek, Emiel Krahmer

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Abstract

Research on the co-development of gestures and speech mainly focuses on children in early phases of language acquisition. This study investigates how children in later development use gestures to communicate, and whether the strategies they use are similar to adults’. Using a referential paradigm, we compared pantomimes and gestures produced by children (M=9) and adults, and found both groups to use gestures similarly when pantomiming, but differently in spontaneously produced gestures (in terms of frequency of gesturing, and of the representation techniques chosen to depict the objects). This suggests that older children have the necessary tools for full gestural expressivity, but when speech is available they rely less on gestures than adults, indicating both streams aren’t fully integrated yet.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th GESPIN - Gesture & Speech in Interaction Conference
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event4th GESPIN - Gesture & Speech in Interaction Conference - University of Nantes, Nantes, France
Duration: 2 Sep 20154 Sep 2015

Conference

Conference4th GESPIN - Gesture & Speech in Interaction Conference
CountryFrance
CityNantes
Period2/09/154/09/15

Keywords

  • Gesture
  • pantomime
  • representation techniques
  • Development

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    Masson Carro, I., Goudbeek, M., & Krahmer, E. (2015). Coming of age in gesture: A comparative study of gesturing and pantomiming in older children and adults. In Proceedings of the 4th GESPIN - Gesture & Speech in Interaction Conference