ERIC Number: ED419585
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
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Emergence of Abbreviation in Early Mother-Infant Communication.
Souza, Micheline; Villachan-Lyra, Pompeia; Lyra, Maria C. D. P.
Using concepts of "dialogical highlighting dynamics" and "abbreviation" developed by Lyra and colleagues (e.g., Lyra & Rossetti-Ferreira, 1995), this study investigated how early mother-infant relationships develop, particularly the changing nature of the communication dynamics and the tendency toward stability exhibited in the construction of dynamic relational outcomes. Three different moments of quasi-stability in relationship development--establishment, extension, and abbreviation--were used for analysis. The study analyzed weekly videotapes (20 minutes each) of two middle-class Brazilian mother-infant dyads with male babies in a laboratory setting similar to a living room. For dyad 1 the analysis covered the period from 11 to 29 weeks of baby's age. For dyad 2, the analysis covered from 8 to 29 weeks of baby's age. Mothers were asked to play with their babies as they did at home. Two kinds of mother-infant exchanges were analyzed: face-to-face and mother-object-infant. Findings showed similarities and differences between the behavior of the two dyads. Similarities included the following: (1) a dominance of extension was followed by a dominance of abbreviation; (2) the dominance of extension was preceded by short moments of establishment; and (3) periods of quasi-stability were preceded and followed by periods of instability or change. Differences include: (1) change from extension to abbreviation emerged earlier in face-to-face exchanges than in mother-object-infant exchanges; and (2) the change-over the extension to the abbreaviation in dyad 1 is different from the one observed in dyad 2. (EV)
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