ERIC Number: ED231515
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Transition from Gestural to Linguistic Communication: Social Variations in a Mestiza Population.
Zukow, Patricia Goldring
This study, an intra-cultural comparison among a Mestiza population in Central Mexico, was designed to investigate what the universal and culture-specific aspects of children's transition from sensorimotor to linguistic communication might be. (The culture-specific aspect was defined in this study as the degree to which caregivers provided sensorimotor information when messages were not immediately comprehended.) A total of 17 caregiver/child pairs selected from urban and rural areas were videotaped at 6-week intervals over a 9- to 12-month period. These videotapes were then examined to assess the nature and sources of variations in caregiver style. Each sequence was described in terms of attention and the sensorimotor structure of the event: in other words, the propositional content and the interactional setting. The propositional content was categorized in terms of persons, objects, and location. In general, results indicated that, in interactions with less-educated caregivers, the missing information was provided serendipitously or unintentionally by the natural unfolding of events or by spontaneous acts of siblings. The more-educated caregivers appeared to be continually monitoring the child and correcting themselves and the child in order to assist comprehension. (MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Mestizos (People); Mexico; Toddlers
Note: Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association Meeting (Washington, DC, December 1982).