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From Gesture to Language in Hearing and Deaf Children

Virginia Volterra and
Carol J. Erting, Editors

Now in Paperback!

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“The editors have improved the book’s usefulness by adding their commentaries, which highlight the elements of the individual papers to contribute better understanding of, and relevance to, the issues addressed.”

Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development

“The reader gains an understanding of prelinguistic communication development across many domains. It will be useful for professionals working with children who use gestures for communication.”


“No introductory course in child and language development will be complete without this book.”

—From the Foreword by William C. Stokoe

In 21 essays on communicative gesturing in the first two years of life, this vital collection demonstrates the importance of gesture in a child’s transition to a linguistic system. Introductions preceding each section emphasize the parallels between the findings in these studies and the general body of scholarship devoted to the process of spoken language acquisition.

       Renowned scholars contributing to this volume include Ursula Bellugi, Judy Snitzer Reilly, Susan Goldwin-Meadow, Andrew Lock, M. Chiara Levorato, and many others.

Virginia Volterra is research director of the Neuropsychophysiology Unit at the Institute of Psychology of the National Research Council of Italy.

Carol J. Erting is the provost of Academic Affairs at Gallaudet University.

ISBN 978-1-56368-078-6, 6 x 9 paperback, 358 pages, illustrations, tables, references, index


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