A Prelinguistic Gestural Universal of Human Communication

  title={A Prelinguistic Gestural Universal of Human Communication},
  author={Ulf Liszkowski and Penny Brown and Tara Callaghan and Akira Takada and Conny de Vos},
  journal={Cognitive science},
  volume={36 4},
Several cognitive accounts of human communication argue for a language-independent, prelinguistic basis of human communication and language. The current study provides evidence for the universality of a prelinguistic gestural basis for human communication. We used a standardized, semi-natural elicitation procedure in seven very different cultures around the world to test for the existence of preverbal pointing in infants and their caregivers. Results were that by 10-14 months of age, infants… CONTINUE READING
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