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ERIC Number: EJ830968
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1524-8372
12- and 18-Month-Olds Point to Provide Information for Others
Liszkowski, Ulf; Carpenter, Malinda; Striano, Tricia; Tomasello, Michael
Journal of Cognition and Development, v7 n2 p173-187 Apr 2006
Classically, infants are thought to point for 2 main reasons: (a) They point imperatively when they want an adult to do something for them (e.g., give them something; "Juice!"), and (b) they point declaratively when they want an adult to share attention with them to some interesting event or object ("Look!"). Here we demonstrate the existence of another motive for infants' early pointing gestures: to inform another person of the location of an object that person is searching for. This informative motive for pointing suggests that from very early in ontogeny humans conceive of others as intentional agents with informational states and they have the motivation to provide such information communicatively. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A