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Abstract

Previous research has shown that predictable information in speech is often reduced. The present study aims to find out more about reduction with regard to speech but mainly whether reduction also occurs in speech-accompanying gestures. To this end, a director-matcher task was set up in which speakers of Dutch took part. In this task the director had to refer to the same abstract object several times. The repeated references thus obtained were analysed for their reduction in speech and gesture. Speech results show that the number of attributes is reduced and gesture results show that gestures are reduced with regard to the number of hands that are used, their size and their precision. Implications for existing gesture models are discussed.


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