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Children's use of gesture to resolve lexical ambiguity

Kidd, Evan; Holler, Judith


We report on a study investigating 3-5-year-old children's use of gesture to resolve lexical ambiguity. Children were told three short stories that contained two homonym senses; for example, bat (flying mammal) and bat (sports equipment). They were then asked to re-tell these stories to a second experimenter. The data were coded for the means that children used during attempts at disambiguation: speech, gesture, or a combination of the two. The results indicated that the 3-year-old children...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Developmental Science
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2009.00830.x


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