This study examines the use of two recurring pragmatic gestures, Palm Presentation or PP and Palm with a Lateral Movement or PL gestures (Kendon 2004), in Italian children aged between 4 and 10. Results indicate that PP is absent in 4-and 5-year-olds, while PL is observed in association with crystallized expressions. In contrast, older children use both PP and PL in contexts similar to adults. The appearance of such gestures seems connected to the increasing ability to structure a narrative, since it is observed in the use of different temporal and meta-discursive connectives, and to exercise rhetorical control over one’s own discourse, since it is also observed in the usage of connectives serving as modulators.
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Berman, Ruth A., and Slobin, Dan I
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1990The Semiotics of French Gestures. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.
de Jorio, Andrea
2000Gestures in Naples and Gesture in Cclassical Antiquity. A translation of La mimica degli antichi investigata nel gestire napoletano (1832), and with an Introduction and Notes by Adam Kendon. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.
de Jorio, Andrea
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2009Rapporto fra lo sviluppo della competenza verbale e gestuale nella costruzione di un testo narrativo in bambini dai 4 ai 10 anni. SESA – Scuola Europea di Studi Avanzati – Università degli Studi “Suor Orsola Benincasa,” Napoli, Italy; Université Stendhal – Grenoble 3, Grenoble, France. Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation.
2010“Acquisition des gestes pragmatiques et leur relation avec le développement de l’habileté textuelle chez l’enfant âgé de 4 à 10 ans.” Multimodalité de la communication chez l’enfant. Lidil 42: 113–138.
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2004Gesture: Visible Action as Utterance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
1972Language in the Inner City: Studies in the Black English Vernacular. Oxford: Basil Blackwell.
Labov, William, and Waletzky, Joshua
1967“Narrative analysis: Oral versions of personal experience.” In Essays on the Verbal and Visual Arts, June Helm (ed.), 12–44. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press.
1992Hand and Mind: What Gestures Reveal about Thought. Chicago, IL: University Of Chicago Press.
2004“Forms and uses of the Palm Up Open Hand. A case of Gesture Family?” In The Semantics and Pragmatics of Everyday Gestures, Roland Posner and Cornelia Müller (eds), 234–256. Berlin: Weidler Buchverlag.
1990“The who, when and where of early narratives.”Journal of Child Language 17: 433–455.
Peterson, Carole, and Allyssa McCabe
1983Developmental Psycholinguistics: Three Ways of Looking at a Child’s Narrative. New York: Plenum Press.
2023. From action to performative gesture: the Slapping movement used by children at the age of four to six. Semiotica 2023:250 ► pp. 91 ff.
Vilà-Giménez, Ingrid & Pilar Prieto
2021. The Value of Non-Referential Gestures: A Systematic Review of Their Cognitive and Linguistic Effects in Children’s Language Development. Children 8:2 ► pp. 148 ff.
Vilà‐Giménez, Ingrid, Natalie Dowling, Ö. Ece Demir‐Lira, Pilar Prieto & Susan Goldin‐Meadow
2021. The Predictive Value of Non‐Referential Beat Gestures: Early Use in Parent–Child Interactions Predicts Narrative Abilities at 5 Years of Age. Child Development 92:6 ► pp. 2335 ff.
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