Gesture Reflects Language Development

  title={Gesture Reflects Language Development},
  author={Rachel I. Mayberry and Elena Nicoladis},
  journal={Current Directions in Psychological Science},
  pages={192 - 196}
There is a growing awareness that language and gesture are deeply intertwined in the spontaneous expression of adults. Although some research suggests that children use gesture independently of speech, there is scant research on how language and gesture develop in children older than 2 years. We report here on a longitudinal investigation of the relation between gesture and language development in French-English bilingual children from 2 to 3 1/2 years old. The specific gesture types of iconics… 

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