Edited by Pilar Prieto and Núria Esteve-Gibert
[Trends in Language Acquisition Research 23] 2018
► pp. 103–124
Chapter 6. Set in time
Temporal coordination of prosody and gesture in the development of spoken language production
The purpose of this chapter is to discuss the relationship between prosody, gesture, and spoken language production from a developmental perspective. The coordination of prosody and manual movements from theoretical, behavioral and neuroanatomical perspectives will be explored. We focus on how gesture landmarks coordinate with prosodic prominence from infants to school-aged children, and we compare these results with adult patterns. The reviewed literature shows that gesture movements, prosody, and speech abilities in general, develop in a parallel and dynamic way, the emergence of a specific ability in one modality entraining the emergence of a parallel ability in another modality. Lastly, implications of the coordination of prosody and gesture for children with communication disorders will be explored.