LINGUIST List 11.696

Tue Mar 28 2000

Confs: Gestural equivalence of language/Gesture Conf

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  1. Robin Allott, Gestural equivalence of language

Message 1: Gestural equivalence of language

Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2000 14:52:50 +0100
From: Robin Allott <>
Subject: Gestural equivalence of language

A recent book by Joseph Garcia "Sign with your Baby" describes a
successful method through which babies as young as 8 months can sign
in reply to signing or speech by their parents; videotape and TV
demonstrations are most impressive. Apart from the practical benefit
for the parents and the infants of being able to communicate more
effectively, babysigning is of considerable theoretical interest for
language acquisition and for seeing language and gesture as the
products of a single brain system, a topic for the April Gesture
Conference in Oporto.
Robin Allott email:
 tel/fax: +44 1323 492300
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