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ERIC Number: ED207091
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
The Ontogeny of Communication.
von Raffler-Engel, Walburga
Developmental kinesics is the acquisition of nonverbal conversational behavior by the child. Semiotics is the study of what behavior means. Together they express the relationship of content and expression. Physiologically, verbal language and paralanguage represent the vocal-auditory mode, while kinesics represents the gestural-visual mode. Content is expressed verbally, paralinguistically, and nonverbally. Vocal and kinesic behavior develop jointly to express the first communicative function, which is affect. The acquisition of the emotive function of communicative behavior is vital for two reasons: (1) it is the first function to be acquired by the child while still in the interuterine stage; and (2) it is the most important communicative function in the organization of human society and the preservation of culture. The question arises as to whether a communicative system composed of gesticulation and paralanguage is operant before the advent of verbal language and kinesics. In fact, the interaction is verbal and nonverbal from the start. Prenatal interaction between mother and child facilitates neonatal adjustment to the outside world, enculturates the child into society, and prepares the child for the acquisition of adult language. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Summer Institute for Semiotic and Structural Studies (2nd, Nashville, TN, June 1-26, 1981).