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Gesture, Speech, and Sign$
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Lynn Messing and Ruth Campbell

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198524519

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524519.001.0001

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Triangulating the growth point—arriving at consciousness

Triangulating the growth point—arriving at consciousness

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(p.77) Chapter 5 Triangulating the growth point—arriving at consciousness
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Gesture, Speech, and Sign
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David Mcneill

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524519.003.0005

The growth point is an attempt to think out the implications of speech–gesture synchrony. When words and gesture co-occur, we ask, what does this imply? A growth point is the initial organizing impulse of the utterance, its cognitive starting point viewed micro genetically, and is the core idea of the utterance as it comes into existence. A growth point is meant to be a micro genetic idea unit; that is, a unit on a diachronic axis, a unit of mental development over short realtime intervals. To understand the growth point's incorporation of context, it is first necessary to understand its relationship to differentiation.

Keywords:   growth point, speech–gesture synchrony, diachronic axis, mental development, consciousness, gesture

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