Visible movements of the orofacial area: evidence for gestural or multimodal theories of language evolution?

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dc.contributor.author Wacewicz, Sławomir
dc.contributor.author Żywiczyński, Przemysław
dc.contributor.author Orzechowski, Sylwester
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-30T09:07:56Z
dc.date.available 2017-01-30T09:07:56Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Gesture, 15(2), 2016, 250–282
dc.identifier.other DOI: 10.1075/gest.15.2.05wac
dc.identifier.uri http://repozytorium.umk.pl/handle/item/4028
dc.description.abstract The age-old debate between the proponents of the gesture-first and speech-first positions has returned to occupy a central place in current language evolution theorizing. The gestural scenarios, suffering from the problem known as “modality transition” (why a gestural system would have changed into a predominantly spoken system), frequently appeal to the gestures of the orofacial area as a platform for this putative transition. Here, we review currently available evidence on the significance of the orofacial area in language evolution. While our review offers some support for orofacial movements as an evolutionary “bridge” between manual gesture and speech, we see the evidence as far more consistent with a multimodal approach. We also suggest that, more generally, the “gestural versus spoken” formulation is limiting and would be better expressed in terms of the relative input and interplay of the visual and vocal-auditory sensory modalities.
dc.description.sponsorship This research was supported by grant UMO-2012/07/E/HS2/00671 from the Polish National Science Centre.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject orofacial gestures
dc.subject orofacial movements
dc.subject tongue gestures
dc.subject mouth gestures
dc.subject evolution of language
dc.subject Gestural Primacy Hypothesis
dc.subject visual-vocal redundancy
dc.subject hand-to-mouth links
dc.subject gesture-first
dc.subject speech-first
dc.subject multimodality
dc.title Visible movements of the orofacial area: evidence for gestural or multimodal theories of language evolution?
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article

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