Language and Gesture in Late Talkers The relationship between language and symbolic gesture was studied in a group of young children who were in the lowest 10% for language production for their age based on information obtained from language inventories filled out by their parents. On a single scheme imitation task, designed to be a gestural ... Research Article
Research Article  |   March 01, 1988
Language and Gesture in Late Talkers
 
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  • Donna Thal
    University of California, San Diego
  • Elizabeth Bates
    University of California, San Diego
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Research Article   |   March 01, 1988
Language and Gesture in Late Talkers
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1988, Vol. 31, 115-123. doi:10.1044/jshr.3101.115
History: Received March 23, 1987 , Accepted August 19, 1987
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1988, Vol. 31, 115-123. doi:10.1044/jshr.3101.115
History: Received March 23, 1987; Accepted August 19, 1987

The relationship between language and symbolic gesture was studied in a group of young children who were in the lowest 10% for language production for their age based on information obtained from language inventories filled out by their parents. On a single scheme imitation task, designed to be a gestural analog of lexical production, subjects performed like controls matched for language production. On a multischeme imitation task, designed to be a gestural analog of syntax, subjects performed like age-matched controls, and significantly better than langnage-matched controls. Potential reasons for this dissociation are discussed in the context of predictors of early language success or impairment.

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