Keynote Address

“Resilience in Language and Gesture”

Susan Goldin-Meadow

University of Chicago

4:15pm, Daley Library room 1-470

Gesture is versatile in form and function. Under certain circumstances, gesture can substitute for speech, and when it does, it embodies the properties of language that children themselves bring to language learning, and underscores the resilience of language itself. Under other circumstances, gesture can form a fully integrated system with speech. When it does, it both predicts and promotes learning, and underscores the resilience of gesture in thinking.