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Echo phonology: Signs of a link between gesture and speech

Woll, B; Sieratzki, JS; (1998) Echo phonology: Signs of a link between gesture and speech. BEHAV BRAIN SCI , 21 (4) 531 - 532. 10.1017/S0140525X98481263. Green open access

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Abstract

This commentary supports MacNeilage's dismissal of an evolutionary development from sign language to spoken language but presents evidence of a feature in sign language (echo phonology) that links iconic signs to abstract vocal syllables. These data provide an insight into possible mechanism by which iconic manual gestures accompanied by vocalisation could have provided a route for the evolution of spoken language with its characteristically arbitrary form-meaning relationship.

Type: Article
Title: Echo phonology: Signs of a link between gesture and speech
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X98481263
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X98481263
Language: English
Additional information: © 1998 Cambridge University Press
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/123941
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