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Intonation and gesture as bootstrapping devices in speaker uncertainty

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dc.contributor.author Prieto Vives, Pilar, 1965-
dc.contributor.author Hübscher, Iris
dc.contributor.author Esteve-Gibert, Núria
dc.contributor.author Igualada Pérez, Alfonso
dc.date.accessioned 2018-11-16T12:04:39Z
dc.date.available 2018-11-16T12:04:39Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Hübscher I, Esteve-Gibert N, Igualada A, Prieto P. Intonation and gesture as bootstrapping devices in speaker uncertainty. First Lang. 2017 Feb 1;37(1):24-41. DOI: 10.1177/0142723716673953
dc.identifier.issn 0142-7237
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/35780
dc.description.abstract This study investigates 3- to 5-year-old children’s sensitivity to lexical, intonational, and gestural information in the comprehension of speaker uncertainty. Most previous studies on children’s understanding of speaker certainty and uncertainty across languages have focused on the comprehension of lexical markers, and little is known about the potential facilitation effects of intonational and gestural features in this process. A total of 102 3- to 5-year-old Catalan-speaking children participated in a comprehension task which involved the detection of uncertainty in materials that combined lexical, intonational, and gestural markers. In a between-subjects design, the children were either administered the lexical condition (where they were exposed to lexical and gestural cues to uncertainty) or the intonation condition (where they were exposed to intonational and gestural cues to uncertainty. Within each condition, three different presentation formats were used (audio-only, visual-only and audio-visual) in a within-subjects design. Our results indicated that all the children performed better overall when they had gestural cues present. Furthermore, in comparison with the older group, the younger group was more sensitive to intonational marking of speaker uncertainty than to lexical marking. This evidence suggests that the intonational and gestural features of communicative interactions may act as bootstrapping mechanisms in early pragmatic development.
dc.description.sponsorship This research has been funded by a grant awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (FFI2015-66533 BFU2012-31995 “Intonational and gestural meaning in language”), and by a grant awarded by the Generalitat de Catalunya (2014SGR-925) to the Prosodic Studies Group.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher SAGE Publications
dc.relation.ispartof First Lang. 2017 Feb 1;37(1):24-41. DOI: 10.1177/0142723716673953
dc.rights © The final definitive version of this paper has been published in First Language, 37/1, February/2017 by SAGE Publications Ltd. All rights reserved.
dc.title Intonation and gesture as bootstrapping devices in speaker uncertainty
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0142723716673953
dc.subject.keyword Intonation
dc.subject.keyword Gesture
dc.subject.keyword Uncertainty
dc.subject.keyword Prosodic development
dc.subject.keyword Pragmatic development
dc.subject.keyword Language acquisition
dc.subject.keyword Belief states
dc.subject.keyword Epistemic stance
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/1PE/FFI2015-66533
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/acceptedVersion


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