My PhD dissertation (directed by Dr. Pilar Prieto, ICREA/UPF) examined several issues related to the bootstrapping role of non-referential beat gestures —and their concomitant prosodic prominence— in 5- to 6-year-old children’s narrative abilities, focusing on the multimodal integration of gesture, speech and prosody language development.
I got my PhD on June 30 (2020)!
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. doi: 10.1111/desc.12967
Vilà-Giménez, I., & Prieto, P. (2018). Encouraging children to produce rhythmic beat gestures leads to better narrative discourse performances. In K. Klessa, J. Bachan, A. Wagner, M. Karpiński, & D. Śledziński (Eds.), Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody (pp. 704–708). Poznań, Poland. 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 information. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 172(8), 168–188. doi: 10.1016/j.jecp.2018.02.004
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 performance. Developmental Psychology, 55(2), 250–262. doi: 10.1037/dev0000604
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. In K. Klessa, J. Bachan, A. Wagner, M. Karpiński, & D. Śledziński (Eds.), Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody (pp. 201–205). Poznań, Poland. doi: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-41
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 S. Calhoun, P. Escudero, M. Tabain, & P. Warren (Eds.), Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia 2019. Canberra, Australia: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association Inc.
THE PREDICTIVE ROLE OF BEAT GESTURES ON CHILDREN'S NARRATIVE DEVELOPMENT
Vilà-Giménez, I., Dowling, N., Demir, Ö. E., Prieto, P., & Goldin-Meadow, S. (submitted). The predictive value of beat gestures: Early use predicts narrative abilities at 5 years of age.
In collaboration with:
Natalie Dowling (University of Chicago, IL, USA)
Dr. Ö. Ece Demir-Lira (University of Iowa, IL, USA)
Dr. Pilar Prieto (ICREA; Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Prof. Susan Goldin-Meadow (University of Chicago, IL, 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.