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Maternal mental state talk and infants' early gestural communication.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19215636     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
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.
Virginia Slaughter; Candida C Peterson; Malinda Carpenter
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2009-02-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of child language     Volume:  36     ISSN:  1469-7602     ISO Abbreviation:  J Child Lang     Publication Date:  2009 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-10-23     Completed Date:  2010-02-10     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0425743     Medline TA:  J Child Lang     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1053-74     Citation Subset:  IM    
The University of Queensland, Australia, School of Psychology, Brisbane 4072,
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Longitudinal Studies
Mental Processes*
Mother-Child Relations*
Mothers / psychology*
Play and Playthings
Time Factors

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