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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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Signs, gestures, and signs

Signs, gestures, and signs

(p.161) Chapter 9 Signs, gestures, and signs
Gesture, Speech, and Sign

William C. Stokoe

Marc Marschark

Oxford University Press

This chapter intends to clear up several sources of confusion that have — or should have — surfaced at various points in this book about the relations among signs, gesture, and language. The chapter discusses the frequent perplexity on this issue, and places the blame for it squarely in the lap of the historical study of language and gesture. At the same time, because the confusion is not new, it is believed that a clarification will be helpful. While weaving together several psychological, linguistic, and historical threads into a coherent discourse on the sometimes fuzzy relations of gesture and language, this chapter hopes to provide new insights into both the phylogenetic and the ontogenetic development of language.

Keywords:   language development, signs, gestures, phylogenetics, sign language, sensory systems

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