Paola Pettenati

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Upper limb gestures, as well as transitive actions (i.e. acted upon an object) when either executed or observed affect speech. Broca's area seems to be involved in integration between the two motor representations of arm and mouth (Bernardis and Gentilucci, Neuropsychologia, 44:178-190, 2006, Gentilucci et al., Eur J Neurosci, 19:190-202, 2004a,(More)
This study explores the form of representational gestures produced by forty-five hearing children (age range 2 ; 0-3 ; 1) asked to label pictures in words. Five pictures depicting objects and five pictures depicting actions which elicited more representational gestures were chosen for more detailed analysis. The range of gestures produced for each item(More)
BACKGROUND Understanding lexical abilities in infants and toddlers is important, yet no single tool can be used. AIMS To perform a validation of a new tool (known as the Picture Naming Game, or 'PiNG') for assessing lexical comprehension and production in toddlers and to obtain developmental trends for Italian children. METHODS & PROCEDURES PiNG(More)
Analyses of elicited pantomime, primarily of English-speaking children, show that preschool-aged children are more likely to symbolically represent an object with gestures depicting an object's form rather than its function. In contrast, anecdotal reports of spontaneous gesture production in younger children suggest that children use multiple(More)
BACKGROUND Many children with specific language impairment (SLI) in sentence comprehension. These deficits are usually attributed to limitations in the children's understanding of syntax or the lexical items contained in the sentences. This study examines the role that extra-linguistic factors can play in these children's sentence comprehension. AIMS(More)
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