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Master Thesis

Une étude sur l'abstraction et les gestes coverbaux

Abstract : Age has an effect on the verbal production and co-speech gesture production (Colletta, Pellenq et Guidetti, 2010). In this study, I have approached this hypothesis from another point of view, and I have compared the comprehension of co-speech gestures between four age groups: children less than 9 year-old, children more than 9 year-old, adolescents, and adults. The participants took a test which is comprised of ten co-speech gestures (pointing with and without reference, opposition with and without reference, forward gesture, backward gesture, moving the hands apart, bringing the hands closer, cyclic, supination). The participants were invited to say three phrases which they thought to be appropriate to the gesture they were shown in the test. The results showed that age plays a significant role in the comprehension of co-speech gestures as well as in the phrase production. The adults produced the highest number of abstract phrases among all. This study confirms that the comprehension of co-speech gestures and the production of abstract gestures co-develop with age. As the children grow, with cognitive and social development, the interaction between discourse and gesture becomes more complex and gesture plays a more different role in multimodal communications.
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Elnaz Jalilian. Une étude sur l'abstraction et les gestes coverbaux. Linguistique. 2011. ⟨dumas-00756571⟩



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