I know that different cultures may use different (hand or other body part) gestures to convey the same meaning. But is the amount of gestures similar in number among cultures?
Some recent research, in
goes in the direction of claiming that Italian children develop a higher richness in gestures than, in this case, American children.
Being Italian, I know I have learned a lot of gestures, especially hand gestures. What about other cultures/countries?
Note that I'm talking about gestures that emphasize the message conveyed through the speech, but do not substitute it entirely (it's not like the sign language, where you use language without voice production).