This work investigates the relationship between gestures and prosodic events (such as pitch accent and boundary tones), exploiting a class of gestural movements named HITS defined for American English by  as: “An abrupt stop or pause in movement, which breaks the flow of the gesture during which it occurs”. Our analysis shows that the tendency toward temporal synchronisation between these gestural units and prosodic events which is reported for American English is observable also in Italian.
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