Ostensive signals: markers of communicative relevance of gesture
during demonstration to adults and children
Slonimska, A., Ozyurek, A., & Campisi, E.
Ostensive signals: markers of communicative relevance of gesture during demonstration to adults and children. In G. Ferré, & M. Tutton (Eds.
), Proceedings of the 4th GESPIN - Gesture & Speech in Interaction Conference
(pp. 217-222). Nantes: Universite of Nantes.
Speakers adapt their speech and gestures in various ways for their audience. We investigated further whether they use
ostensive signals (eye gaze, ostensive speech (e.g. like this, this) or a combination of both) in relation to their gestures
when talking to different addressees, i.e., to another adult or a child in a multimodal demonstration task. While adults used
more eye gaze towards their gestures with other adults than with children, they were more likely to use combined
ostensive signals for children than for adults. Thus speakers mark the communicative relevance of their gestures with different types of ostensive signals and by taking different types of addressees into account.