Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0142716411000373
Title: Point to a referent, and say, "what is this?" Gesture as a potential cue to identify referents in a discourse
Authors: So, W.C. 
Lim, J.Y.
Issue Date: Apr-2012
Source: So, W.C., Lim, J.Y. (2012-04). Point to a referent, and say, "what is this?" Gesture as a potential cue to identify referents in a discourse. Applied Psycholinguistics 33 (2) : 329-342. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0142716411000373
Abstract: This study explored whether caregivers' gestures followed the discourse-pragmatic principle of information status of referents (given vs. new) and how their children responded to those gestures when identifying referents. Ten Chinese-speaking and eight English-speaking caregivers were videotaped while interacting spontaneously with their children. Their speech and gestures were coded for referential expressions. Our findings showed that the Chinese-speaking caregivers gestured more often than the English-speaking caregivers but both of the groups gestured more often when asking their children to identify the new referents than the given referents (e.g., pointed to a puzzle while asking "What is this"?). The children were also sensitive to the information status of referents and they relied on the gestures to identify the new referents (but not the given referents). Overall, gesture serves as a potential cue for referential identification in both the caregivers and their children. © Cambridge University Press 2011.
Source Title: Applied Psycholinguistics
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/49882
ISSN: 01427164
DOI: 10.1017/S0142716411000373
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