MillerComm Lecture Series

Talking With Our Hands: Gesture's Role in Creating and Learning Language

Monday, October 7th, 2013
Susan Goldin-Meadow

Alice Campbell Alumni Center
601 S. Lincoln Ave

Event Description

Imagine a child who has never seen or heard any language at all.  Could this child invent a language?  Deaf children who are not exposed to sign language use gesture to communicate, and their gestures take on many of the forms and functions of language.  Hearing children, learning from a linguistic model, gesture too.  Their gestures are integrated with speech, and can predict when and how children will learn.
The Lyle Lanier Lecture

Hosted by: Department of Psychology

In conjunction with: Beckman Institute, College of Applied Health Sciences, Council on Teacher Education, Department of Anthropology, Department of Communication, Department of Computer Science, Department of Dance, Department of Educational Psychology, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, Department of Human and Community Development, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, Department of Linguistics, Department of Special Education, Department of Speech and Hearing Science, Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services, Family Resiliency Center, Neuroscience Program, School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, School of Social Work

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Susan Goldin-Meadow

Beardsley Rumi Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Chicago