Representational Gesture and Symbolic Development
We have completed a successful pilot study with 3-year-olds and adults using a between-subjects task in which children are asked to tell a puppet how to use everyday objects or show the puppet how to use them. Data collection for this project is ongoing.
Pilot study results:
Marentette, P., & Inaba, C. (2017). Iconic representation of form and function in pantomime and gesture. Poster presented at Types of Iconicity in Language Use, Development and Processing, Iconicity Focus Group Workshop, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, July 6-7.
Autobiographical and Fictional Narratives
Data collection for this study is complete and we are in the analysis phase. This study examines narrative development in the 8- to 11-year-old age group. In particular we asked children to tell some stories about their own experiences and to watch a cartoon and retell that story. A preliminary analysis of this project was presented October 2016.
Marentette, P., Suvanto, M., Furman, R., & Nicoladis, E. (2017). Pantomime and gesture in children's narratives: Are they distinct? Poster presented at Language as a Form of Action, Rome, June 21-23.
Marentette, P., Furman, R., MacLurg, A., Suvanto, M., & Nicoladis, E. (2016). Children’s use of depiction in autobiographical and fictional narratives. Paper presented at the Embodied and Situated Language Processing Conference, Pucón, Chile, October 6-9.