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Journal Title: Gesture
Volume/Issue:   12/1
Date: 2012
Table of Contents: 2012. 150 pp.

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Gesture-plus-word combinations, transitional forms, and language development
Mirco Fasolo and Laura D'Odorico

Gestural-vocal coordination: Longitudinal changes and predictive value on early lexical development
Eva Murillo and Mercedes Belinchón

Cross-linguistic comparison of representations of motion in language and gesture
Kawai Chui

Effects of personality and social situation on representational gesture production
Autumn B. Hostetter and Andrea L. Potthoff

Resting hand postures: An index of what a speaker may do next
Jill A. Dosso and Ian Q. Whishaw

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Publisher: John Benjamins
Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
LL Issue: 23.4091