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We make gestures when we speak, especially when the speech task is a challenging one. This study has explored the correlation between gesture frequency and second language speech performance. When second language learners made more gestures, they also spoke faster and produced more types of words, and this was the case when they talked about both concrete and abstract things.

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This page is a summary of: Representational gestures correlated with meaning-associated aspects of L2 speech performance, Gesture, December 2021, John Benjamins, DOI: 10.1075/gest.19017.ma.
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