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ERIC Number: EJ1062106
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0305-0009
Caregivers Provide More Labeling Responses to Infants' Pointing than to Infants' Object-Directed Vocalizations
Wu, Zhen; Gros-Louis, Julie
Journal of Child Language, v42 n3 p538-561 May 2015
Existing studies have observed a robust relationship between infants' pointing gestures and language outcomes. By contrast, infants' overall vocal production is not related to language outcomes. One possible explanation for the association between pointing and language is that pointing gestures, as compared to vocalizations, may elicit more verbal responses from social partners that are facilitative for language learning. To test this, we observed forty-seven infants aged 1;0 during free play with their mothers and fathers separately to compare parents' verbal responses to infants' pointing gestures and object-directed vocalizations. Results showed that, compared to object-directed vocalizations, infants' pointing elicited more verbal responses from parents, particularly object labels. Moreover, mothers were more likely than fathers to provide labels. These results may help explain why pointing is associated with indices of language acquisition, but the production of vocalizations is not.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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