Co-speech gestures do not originate from speech production processes: evidence from the relationship between co-thought and co-speech gestures

Mingyuan Chu, Sotaro Kita

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Abstract

When we speak, we spontaneously produce gestures (co-speech gestures). Co-speech gestures and speech production are closely interlinked. However, the exact nature of the link is still under debate. To addressed the question that whether co-speech gestures originate from the speech production system or from a system independent of the speech production, the present study examined the relationship between co-speech and co-thought gestures. Co-thought gestures, produced during silent thinking without speaking, presumably originate from a system independent of the speech production processes. We found a positive correlation between the production frequency of co-thought and co-speech gestures, regardless the communicative function that co-speech gestures might serve. Therefore, we suggest that co-speech gestures and co-thought gestures originate from a common system that is independent of the speech production processes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Thirty-First Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
EditorsN Tattgen, H van Rijn
Place of PublicationAustin, Texas
PublisherCognitive Science Society
Pages591-595
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)978-0-9768318-5-3
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event31st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 29 Jul 2009 → …

Conference

Conference31st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
CountryNetherlands
CityAmsterdam
Period29/07/09 → …

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Keywords

  • co-thought gestures
  • co-speech gestures
  • speech production

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Chu, M., & Kita, S. (2009). Co-speech gestures do not originate from speech production processes: evidence from the relationship between co-thought and co-speech gestures. In N. Tattgen, & H. van Rijn (Eds.), Proceedings of the Thirty-First Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 591-595). Austin, Texas: Cognitive Science Society.