My thesis investigates several issues related to the precursor and beneficial effects of beat gestures —and their concomitant prosodic prominence— on 5- to 6-year-old children’s oral narrative skills.

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BEAT GESTURES AND

CHILDREN'S NARRATIVE PERFORMANCE

  • The potential effect of encouraging the production of beat gestures on children's narrative discourse performance (i.e., narrative skills) in a brief narrative discourse training.

Vilà-Giménez, I., & Prieto, P. (in press, 2020). Encouraging kids to beat: Children's beat gesture production boosts their narrative performance. Developmental Science.

Vilà-Giménez, I., & Prieto, P. (2018). Encouraging children to produce rhythmic beat gestures leads to better narrative discourse performances. Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018, 704–708. doi: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-143

  • The effects of beat gestures' observation on children's narrative discourse comprehension.

Llanes-Coromina, J., Vilà-Giménez, I., Kushch, O., Borràs-Comes, J., & Prieto, P. (2018). Beat gestures help preschoolers recall and comprehend discourse informationJournal of Experimental Child Psychology, 172(8), 168–188. doi: 10.1016/j.jecp.2018.02.004

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  • The potential effect of observing beat gestures on children's narrative discourse performance (i.e., narrative skills) in a brief narrative discourse training.

Vilà-Giménez, I., Igualada, A., & Prieto, P. (2019). Observing storytellers who use rhythmic beat gestures improves children’s narrative discourse performanceDevelopmental Psychology, 55(2), 250–262. doi: 10.1037/dev0000604

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BEAT GESTURES: LABELING PROPOSAL

Together with my colleagues Alice Cravotta, Patrick Rohrer, Dr. Olga Kushch and my supervisor Dr. Pilar Prieto, we advanced a comprehensive gesture labelling proposal which highlights the independence of the prosodic and semantic properties of different gesture types and at the same time challenges a simplistic definition of beat gestures as biphasic rhythmic non-meaningful gestures.

 

Prieto, P., Cravotta, A., Kushch, O., Rohrer, P., & Vilà-Giménez, I. (2018). Deconstructing beat gestures: a labelling proposal. Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018, 201–205. doi: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-41

CHILDREN'S PRAGMATIC

AND PROSODIC ABILITIES

Together with my colleagues Mariia Pronina, Dr. Iris Hübscher and my supervisor Dr. Pilar Prieto, we created a test that aims at assessing pragmatic abilities from a multimodal perspective (e.g., by taking into account prosodic and gestural patterns). The test assessment thus focuses not only on the verbal cues (speech, prosody), but importantly, it also considers multimodal aspects of communication (facial expression, gestures, posture). 

Pronina, M., Hübscher, I., Vilà-Giménez, I., & Prieto, P. (in preparation). The acquisition of prosody in the preschool years: Bridging the gap between prosody and pragmatics.
Pronina, M., Hübscher, I., Vilà-Giménez, I., & Prieto, P. (2019). A new tool to assess pragmatic prosody in children: evidence from 3- to 4-year-olds. In Sasha Calhoun, Paola Escudero, Marija Tabain & Paul Warren (Eds.) Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia 2019. 

THE PREDICTIVE ROLE OF BEAT GESTURES ON CHILDREN'S NARRATIVE DEVELOPMENT

Vilà-Giménez, I., Dowling, N., Demir, Ö. E., Prieto, P., & Goldin-Meadow, S. (in preparation). The predictive value of beat gestures: Early use predicts narrative abilities at 5 years of age.

In collaboration with:

  • Natalie Dowling (Dept. of Compartive Human Development, University of Chicago, USA)

  • Dr. O. Ece Demir-Lira (Dept. of Psychological nd Brain Sciences, University of Iowa, USA)

  • Dr. Pilar Prieto (Dept. of Translation and Language Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

  • Prof. Susan Goldin-Meadow (Dept. of Psychology and Dept. of Compartive Human Development, University of Chicago, USA)

We assessed the pragmatic function of beat gestures, iconic gestures and flip gestures by analyzing a longitudinal database including child-parent dyads who were visited every four months between 14 and 58 months of age. We conducted a very detailed analysis of children's target sentences with co-speech gestures following a pragmatic coding scheme. Moreover, we examined whether the children's early production of beat gestures (as opposed to iconic gestures and flip gestures) would predict later narrative production performance at 5 years of age. 

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