Gesture is at the cutting edge of early language development

@article{zaliskan2005GestureIA,
  title={Gesture is at the cutting edge of early language development},
  author={Seyda {\"O}zçaliskan and Susan Goldin-Meadow},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={2005},
  volume={96},
  pages={B101-B113}
}
Children who produce one word at a time often use gesture to supplement their speech, turning a single word into an utterance that conveys a sentence-like meaning ('eat'+point at cookie). Interestingly, the age at which children first produce supplementary gesture-speech combinations of this sort reliably predicts the age at which they first produce two-word utterances. Gesture thus serves as a signal that a child will soon be ready to begin producing multi-word sentences. The question is what… 

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