What stuttering reveals about the development of the gesture-speech relationship

by Rachel I Mayberry, Joselynne Jaques, Gayle DeDe
The Nature and Functions of Gesture in Children's Communication ()


Gestures are temporally synchronized with the speech they accompany\nin both children and adults. Gesture maintains its synchronization\nwith speech even in the face of the massive disruptions in timing\ncaused by stuttering. The primary difference between child and adult\nsystems is that children gesture during proportionately less of their\ntalk than do adults.

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