Hello, my name is Gale Stam. I am Professor of Psychology at National Louis
University. I am also an alumna of the McNeill Lab - Center for Gesture and Speech
Research at the University of Chicago, was an invited researcher at the Laboratoire
Parole et Langage (LPL) in Aix-en-Provence, France (February - June 2010), and retain
close ties to both labs. My research interests include language and culture, language and
cognition, gesture, and first language and second language acquisition. 

I am particularly interested in thinking for speaking and gesture (the development of
first language thinking for speaking and how thinking for speaking about motion changes
both linguistically and gesturally with second language acquisition), speech and gesture
interlanguage, the effect of gesture in oral proficiency interviews, the function of
gesture in lexical retrieval, and language teachers’ gestures. 

My current research projects are a study of gestures in teacher talk with Marion Tellier,
Aix-Marseille University and CNRS Laboratoire Parole et Langage, a longitudinal study of
L1 thinking for speaking, a longitudinal study of changes in L2 thinking for speaking, a
project on gesture and gender with Jeff Daitsman, National Louis University, and a
project on teaching thinking for speaking with Jim Lantolf, Penn State University. 

Articles

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Review of Marianne Gullberg and Kees de Bot (eds): Gestures in Language Development., Applied Linguistics 2012; doi: 10.1093/applin/ams021 (2012)
 

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Thinking for speaking about motion: L1 and L2 speech and gesture, International Review of Applied Linguistics (2006)
 

Books

Contributions to Books

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Further changes in L2 thinking for speaking?, Body­ Language­ Communication: An international handbook on multimodality in human interaction. Volume 2. (2014)
 

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Second Language Acquisition and Gesture, The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (2013)
 

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Gestes et recherche lexicale en langue seconde, La corporalité du langage : Multimodalité, discours et écriture, Hommage à Claire Maury-Rouan (2012)
 

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Stratégies verbales et gestuelles dans l’explication lexical d’un verbe d’action. (with Marion Tellier), Spécificités et diversité des interactions didactiques (2012)
 

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Introduction (with Mika Ishino), Integrating Gestures: The interdisciplinary nature of gesture (2011)
 

Selected Presentations

The Importance of Gesture in Second Language Acquisition, Applied Linguistics Interest Section/Speech, Pronunciation, and Listening Interest Section invited panel “Social Interaction and ELT Across Settings, TESOL 2014 (2014)
 

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"Native or non-native interlocutor: How the gestures of future language teachers differ" (with Marion Tellier), Séminaire Octogone, Université de Toulouse, Le Mirail (2013)
 

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La production de gestes pendant les pauses du discours : pour qui et pour quoi ? (with Marion Tellier and Brigitte Bigi), Séminaire thématique : Gestes et enseignement, Laboratoire Parole et Langage (2013)
 

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The Importance of Gestures in Learning, University of Cape Town (2013)
 

Poetry