Review of Pointing: Where language, culture and cognition meet, edited by Sotaro Kita
Pointing. Where language, culture, and cognition meet. Article in Gesture 4 · January with 28 Reads. Marianne Gullberg at Lund University. *In what sense are pointing gestures human universal? *What is the relationship between the development of pointing and language in children?. Book review. Review of Pointing: Where Language, Culture and Cognition Meet, S. Kita (Ed.); Lawrence Erlbaum. Associates, ; ISBN
Pointing by children is associated with a high rate of verbal response from adults, specifically labeling the object pointed to. This is differentiated from "pointing-for-others" which is done while looking at a "recipient" of the pointing, and done as a communicative gesture.
At 16 months they are less likely to point for adults who are shown to be unreliable, adults who have mislabeled objects the children already know the correct word for. They concluded that only a "few studies" had not found a strong correlation between pointing and the development of language. There is a distinction between linguistic pointing in ASL and gestural pointing by deaf users, the latter being identical for deaf and hearing people.
Pre-verbal hearing infants use pointing extensively, and use a combination of one word plus one gesture mostly pointing before they can produce a two-word sentence.
Another study looked at deaf and hearing Japanese infants acquiring language from ages four months to two years, and found that the infants moved from duos where a point plus an iconic sign referred to the same thing to two-sign combinations where they referred to two different things.
As they grew, the latter grew more frequent and led to the development of two-sign sentences in Japanese Sign Language.
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