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Susan Goldin-Meadow; Beardsley Ruml Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Chicago

Date Oct 7, 2013
Time 8:00 pm  

Ballroom, Alice Campbell Alumni Center, 601 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Free and Open to the Public


Center for Advanced Study


Liesel Wildhagen

Phone 217-333-6729
Event type Lecture
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Originating Calendar Center for Advanced Study

Talking With Our Hands: Gesture's Role in Creating and Learning Language

Imagine a child who has never seen or heard any language at all. Could this child invent a language? Deaf children who are not exposed to sign language use gesture to communicate, and their gestures take on many of the forms and functions of language. Hearing children, learning language from a linguistic model, gesture too. Their gestures are integrated with speech, and can predict when and how children will learn.

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