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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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The role of speech-related arm/hand gestures in word retrieval

The role of speech-related arm/hand gestures in word retrieval

(p.93) Chapter 6 The role of speech-related arm/hand gestures in word retrieval
Gesture, Speech, and Sign

Robert M. Krauss

Uri Hadar

Oxford University Press

This chapter first examines, from a conceptual and empirical perspective, the assumption that the primary role of gestures is communicative; it concludes that their contribution to communication is relatively small. It then considers evidence bearing on the possibility that gestures play a facilitative role in lexical retrieval, and concludes that there is some support for this idea. Next, it proposes a cognitive architecture that is consistent with the available evidence and accounts both for gesture production and for the facilitative effects of gestures on lexical retrieval. Finally, it discusses specifications of the general model and, with them, possible linkages between the speech and the gesture systems.

Keywords:   word retrieval, cognitive architecture, gestures, speech, communication, verbal message

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