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Co-speech gesture mimicry in the process of collaborative referring during face-to-face dialogue

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Holler,  Judith
Neurobiology of Language Department, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;
School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester;
Language in our Hands: Sign and Gesture, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;

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Holler, J., & Wilkin, K. (2011). Co-speech gesture mimicry in the process of collaborative referring during face-to-face dialogue. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 35, 133-153. doi:10.1007/s10919-011-0105-6.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0012-CBB7-2
Abstract
Mimicry has been observed regarding a range of nonverbal behaviors, but only recently have researchers started to investigate mimicry in co-speech gestures. These gestures are considered to be crucially different from other aspects of nonverbal behavior due to their tight link with speech. This study provides evidence of mimicry in co-speech gestures in face-to-face dialogue, the most common forum of everyday talk. In addition, it offers an analysis of the functions that mimicked co-speech gestures fulfill in the collaborative process of creating a mutually shared understanding of referring expressions. The implications bear on theories of gesture production, research on grounding, and the mechanisms underlying behavioral mimicry.