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Gesture, Speech, and Sign$
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Lynn Messing and Ruth Campbell

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198524519

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524519.001.0001

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Triangulating the growth point—arriving at consciousness

Triangulating the growth point—arriving at consciousness

(p.77) Chapter 5 Triangulating the growth point—arriving at consciousness
Gesture, Speech, and Sign

David Mcneill

Oxford University Press

The growth point is an attempt to think out the implications of speech–gesture synchrony. When words and gesture co-occur, we ask, what does this imply? A growth point is the initial organizing impulse of the utterance, its cognitive starting point viewed micro genetically, and is the core idea of the utterance as it comes into existence. A growth point is meant to be a micro genetic idea unit; that is, a unit on a diachronic axis, a unit of mental development over short realtime intervals. To understand the growth point's incorporation of context, it is first necessary to understand its relationship to differentiation.

Keywords:   growth point, speech–gesture synchrony, diachronic axis, mental development, consciousness, gesture

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