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Virginia Volterra (Italy)
From action to language: Recent theoretical perspectives and empirical evidence

Brief Biography

Virginia Volterra, formerly Director of  the Institute of Cognitive Science and Technologies of CNR (1998-2001), is currently associated to the same Institute. She has explored early language development in typically and atypically developing children providing insights into the role of gesture. She pioneered sign language research in Italy. Author of more than 200 publications with national and international publishers has been named Honorary Fellow of University College London.

From action to language: Recent theoretical perspectives and empirical evidence

The presentation focuses on early stages of development exploring the emergence of the language system from action in infancy and its evolution toward the adult system.
In the late 1970s, when systematic studies on language acquisition began, the findings on the role of action and gesture in the acquisition and development of language did not raise any particular interest in a wider audience. In more recent years a new theoretical framework emerging from different disciplines and perspectives (evolutionary, neuro-physiological, linguistic) made this approach to the ontogeny of language extremely relevant.
Recent findings on the tight link between actions, gestures, and spoken words in young children support and are in accordance with hypotheses put forward by these different new theoretical perspectives. 


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European CPLOL Congress 8-9 May 2015 Florence Italy
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