Institute of Education


Multimodal communication: some issues for language acquisition in typical and atypical development

15 June 2016

Professor Michele Guidetti

The Centre for Language, Literacy and Numeracy: Research and Practice (LLNR&P) was delighted to host Michèle Guidetti, University of Toulouse for a talk on the development of multimodal communication on Monday 13 June 2016.

Professor Guidetti highlighted the importance of gestures in the development of communication in pre-school and school-aged children. She demonstrated the need to consider multimodal communication development within a cultural perspective.

Read more of Michele Guidetti's publications and research:

  • Guidetti, M. (2005). Yes or no? How young French children combine gestures and speech to agree and refuse. Journal of Child Language, 32(04), 911-924.
  • Colletta, J.M., Guidetti, M., Capirci, O., Cristilli, C., Demir, E., Kunene, R., & Levine, S. (2015). Effects of age and language on co-speech gesture production: An investigation of French, American, and Italian children's narratives. Journal of Child Language, 42/1, 122-145.
  • Delaunay-El Allam, M., Guidetti, M., Chaix, Y., & Reilly, J. (2011). Facial emotion labeling in language impaired children. Applied Psycholinguistics, 32/4, 781-798.
  • Lacroix, A., Guidetti, M. Rogé, B. & Reilly, J. (2014). Facial Emotion Recognition in 4- to 8-Year-Olds with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Developmental Trajectory Approach. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 8, 1146-1154.
  • Alamillo, A. R., Colletta, J. M., & Guidetti, M. (2013). Gesture and language in narratives and explanations: the effects of age and communicative activity on late multimodal discourse development. Journal of child language, 40(03), 511-538.
  • Kunene Nicolas, R., Guidetti, M., & Colletta, J.M. (2016). A cross-linguistic study of the development of gesture and speech in Zulu and French oral narratives. Journal of Child Language, Feb 4, 1-27.

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