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Publication . Article . 2010

Features of spontaneous pointing gestures in toddlers

Hélène Cochet; Jacques Vauclair;
Open Access
Published: 16 Sep 2010
Publisher: HAL CCSD
Country: France
International audience; This study investigated the production of spontaneous pointing gestures in 26 toddlers, who were observed during free play time at day nursery. Pointing gestures and their di erent features (e.g., handedness, vocalizations, form and function of gesture) were recorded for a total observation time of 100 hours. Re- sults revealed that the vast majority of pointing gestures were right-handed and accompanied by vocalizations, emphasizing the tight interconnection between speech and gesture from an early stage of development. Whole-hand gestures were more frequently used in imperative contexts, whereas index extensions were more frequently produced in declarative ones. Moreover, the use of declara- tive gestures and index extensions were found to increase with age. Implications concerning the origins of imperative and declarative pointing are discussed.
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Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Free play Psychology Form and function Day nursery Gesture Deixis Index (typography) Language production Comprehension Communication business.industry business


gestural-vocal system, index-finger vs. whole-hand extensions, spontaneous pointing gestures, toddlers, handedness, imperative vs. declarative function, [SHS.PSY]Humanities and Social Sciences/Psychology, Linguistics and Language, Experimental and Cognitive Psychology, Communication, Cultural Studies

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