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Form and function in early communication: language and pointing gestures.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6520585     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Pointing gestures of verbally advanced 2-year-olds were contrasted with those of less advanced peers, in order to examine the relationships of gesture to language during the acquisition of each. Hypotheses regarding the replacement of gestural functions by speech as verbal skills improve, regarding developmental correspondences between the two communicative domains, and regarding the independence of language acquisition from nonverbal developments were drawn from evolutionary, structuralist, and nativist viewpoints, respectively. Both formal and functional aspects of each communicative skill were measured, and were shown to be largely unrelated, particularly in the gestural domain. No evidence that language replaced gesture for communication in ontogeny was obtained. Correspondences between gesture and language occurred only between functional aspects of each, and the independence of developing language from gestural advances was suggested by the findings.
W Dobrich; H S Scarborough
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of experimental child psychology     Volume:  38     ISSN:  0022-0965     ISO Abbreviation:  J Exp Child Psychol     Publication Date:  1984 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1985-03-05     Completed Date:  1985-03-05     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985128R     Medline TA:  J Exp Child Psychol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  475-90     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Language Development*
Verbal Behavior
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