Gestures and second language acquisition
Gestures and second language acquisition. In P. Robinson, & N. C. Ellis (Eds.
), Handbook of cognitive linguistics and second language acquisition
(pp. 276-305). New York: Routledge.
Gestures, the symbolic movements speakers perform while they speak, are systematically related to speech and language at multiple levels, and reflect cognitive and linguistic activities in non-trivial ways. This chapter presents an overview of what gestures can tell us about the processes of second language acquisition. It focuses on two key aspects, (a) gestures and the developing language system and (b) gestures and learning, and discusses some implications of an expanded view of language acquisition that takes gestures into account.