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ERIC Number: EJ861064
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-0305-0009
Maternal Mental State Talk and Infants' Early Gestural Communication
Slaughter, Virginia; Peterson, Candida C.; Carpenter, Malinda
Journal of Child Language, v36 n5 p1053-1074 Nov 2009
Twenty-four infants were tested monthly for the production of imperative and declarative gestures between 0 ; 9 and 1 ; 3 and concurrent mother-infant free-play sessions were conducted at 0 ; 9, 1 ; 0 and 1 ; 3 (Carpenter, Nagell & Tomasello, 1998). Free-play transcripts were subsequently coded for maternal talk about mental states. Results revealed that the earlier infants produced imperative gestures, the more frequently their mothers made reference to the infants' own volitional states (want, try, need, etc.) at 1 ; 3. The same relation also emerged using maternal reports of their infants' gestural communication on a standard language development measure. These results indicate that mothers' talk about desires and intentions is linked to their infants' early developing communicative competence.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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