Online Supplementary Material for "The Origin of Pointing: Evidence for the Touch Hypothesis"

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Description: From infancy to adulthood, humans produce and interpret pointing gestures as though they were attempts to touch things; this indicates an origin of pointing in touch.

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Pointing gestures play a crucial role in human language, but up to now we have not known where these gestures come from. Here we investigated the hypothesis that pointing originates in touch. First, we found that when people point at a target they orient their fingers not as though trying to create an ‘arrow’ that picks out the target, but instead as though they are aiming to touch it; second, tha...

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