Gesture or sign? A categorization problem

Corrine Occhino, Sherman Wilcox

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Goldin-Meadow & Brentari (G-M&B) rely on a formalist approach to language, leading them to seek objective criteria by which to distinguish language and gesture. This results in the assumption that gradient aspects of signs are gesture. Usage-based theories challenge this view, maintaining that all linguistic units exhibit gradience. Instead, we propose that the distinction between language and gesture is a categorization problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e66
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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