Putting language back in the body: speech and gesture on three time frames.

  title={Putting language back in the body: speech and gesture on three time frames.},
  author={Spencer D. Kelly and Jana M. Iverson and Joseph I. Terranova and Julia Niego and Michael Hopkins and Leslie Goldsmith},
  journal={Developmental neuropsychology},
  volume={22 1},
This article investigates the role that nonverbal actions play in language processing over 3 different time frames. First, we speculate that nonverbal actions played a role in how formal language systems emerged from our primate ancestors over evolutionary time. Next, we hypothesize that if nonverbal behaviors played a foundational role in the emergence of language over evolution, these actions should influence how children learn language in the present. Finally, we argue that nonverbal actions… CONTINUE READING

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