Hélène LŒVENBRUCK, Coriandre VILAIN & Marion DOHEN (Grenoble / Grenoble)
From gestural pointing to vocal pointing in the brain
2008, Vol. XIII-2, pp. 23-33
Deixis, or pointing, is the ability to draw the viewer/listener’s attention to an object, a person, a direction or an event. Pointing is involved at different stages of human communication development, in multiple modalities: first with the eyes, then with the finger, then with intonation and finally with syntax. It is ubiquitous and probably universal in human interactions. The role of index-finger pointing in language acquisition suggests that it may be a precursor of vocal pointing or that vocal pointing may be grounded in the same cerebral network as gestural pointing.