Publication details [#53956]

Cochet, Hélène and Jacques Vauclair. 2010. Hand preference and language development. Gesture 10 (2/3) : 129–149.
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John Benjamins
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This paper provides an overview of recent studies that have investigated the development of pointing behaviors in infants and toddlers. First, it focuses on deictic gestures and their role in language development, taking into account the different hand shapes and the different functions of pointing, and examining the cognitive abilities that may or may not be associated with the production of pointing gestures. Then it tries to demonstrate that when a distinction is made between pointing gestures and manipulative activities, the study of children’s hand preference can help to highlight the development of speech-gesture links.