Non-referential gestures in adult and child speech : Are they prosodic ?

  title={Non-referential gestures in adult and child speech : Are they prosodic ?},
  author={Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel and Ada Ren and Mili Mary Mathew and Ivan Yuen and Katherine Demuth},
The manual gestures that accompany speaking have been analysed in terms of their form, their meaning, their role in the communicative act, and their timing with respect to the speech they accompany. Several schemes for categorizing these cospeech movements have been proposed, e.g. McNeill's (1992) iconic, metaphoric, deictic and beat gestures, and Kendon's (1994) distinction between substantive and pragmatic gestures. Among McNeill's gesture categories, beats are described as non-referential… CONTINUE READING


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