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ERIC Number: EJ959568
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 17
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ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Early Action and Gesture "Vocabulary" and Its Relation with Word Comprehension and Production
Caselli, Maria Cristina; Rinaldi, Pasquale; Stefanini, Silvia; Volterra, Virginia
Child Development, v83 n2 p526-542 Mar-Apr 2012
Data from 492 Italian infants (8-18 months) were collected with the parental questionnaire MacArthur Bates Communicative Development Inventories to describe early actions and gestures (A-G) "vocabulary" and its relation with spoken vocabulary in both comprehension and production. A-G were more strongly correlated with word comprehension than word production. A clear developmental pattern for the different types of A-G was found. These findings are similar to those of different Western languages, indicating a common biological and cultural basis. The analysis of individual A-G and their relations with early words with a related meaning showed interesting similarities between the production of A-G with and without object manipulation and the comprehension and production of corresponding words. Results indicate that the transition from A-G to spoken language is mediated by word comprehension.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy