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Gesture, Sign, and Speech

David F. Armstrong and Sherman E. Wilcox

in The Gestural Origin of Language

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780195163483
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199867523 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195163483.003.0004
 Gesture, Sign, and Speech

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This chapter reviews the literature that reveals psychological and linguistic evidence for deep connections between gesture and speech. This information is related to the question of the origin of grammar, through consideration of the iconic structures in signed languages that have been called ‘classifier constructions’. The relative demands on brain development that result from sign and speech are considered, and the processes of grammar development in the historical development of signed languages are traced.

Keywords: grammar; brain development; sign language; iconic structures

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Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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