Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0142716412000355
Title: Sensitivity to information status in discourse: Gesture precedes speech in unbalanced bilinguals
Authors: So, W.-C.
Lim, J.-Y.
Tan, S.-H. 
Issue Date: 2014
Source: So, W.-C., Lim, J.-Y., Tan, S.-H. (2014). Sensitivity to information status in discourse: Gesture precedes speech in unbalanced bilinguals. Applied Psycholinguistics 35 (1) : 71-95. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0142716412000355
Abstract: This paper explores whether English-Mandarin bilingual children have mastered discourse skills and whether they show sensitivity to the discourse principle of information status of referents in their speech and gestures. We compare the speech and gestures produced by bilingual children to those produced by English-and Mandarin-speaking monolingual children. Six English-speaking and six Mandarin-speaking monolingual children, and nine English-Mandarin bilingual children (who were more dominant in English) were videotaped while interacting with their caregivers. Monolingual Mandarin-and English-speaking children produced null arguments and pronouns respectively to indicate given third-person referents, and nouns to indicate new third-person referents. They also gestured new third-person referents more often than given third-person referents. Thus, monolinguals' speech and gestures followed the discourse principle. English-Mandarin bilingual children's speech and gestures also followed the discourse principle but only when they were speaking in English. They produced nouns more often to indicate given third-person referents than to indicate new third-person referents in Mandarin, indicating the violation of the discourse principle. It is interesting that they gestured new third-person referents more often than given third-person referents in Mandarin. Thus, our findings suggest that gesture precedes language development at discourse level in the less-dominant language in bilinguals. © 2013 Cambridge University Press.
Source Title: Applied Psycholinguistics
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/124484
ISSN: 14691817
DOI: 10.1017/S0142716412000355
Appears in Collections:Staff Publications

Show full item record
Files in This Item:
There are no files associated with this item.

SCOPUSTM   
Citations

3
checked on Jan 16, 2018

WEB OF SCIENCETM
Citations

2
checked on Nov 21, 2017

Page view(s)

16
checked on Jan 13, 2018

Google ScholarTM

Check

Altmetric


Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.