Micaela Capobianco | University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Department of Psychology of Developmental Processes and Socialization
Antonella Devescovi | University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Department of Psychology of Developmental Processes and Socialization
This study explores the use of deictic gestures, vocalizations and words compared to content-loaded, or representational gestures and words in children’s early one- and two-element utterances. We analyze the spontaneous production of four children, observed longitudinally from 10–12 to 24–25 months of age, focusing on the components of children’s utterances (deictic vs. representational), the information encoded, and the temporal relationship between gestures and vocalizations or words that were produced in combination. Results indicate that while the gestural and vocal modalities are meaningfully and temporally integrated form the earliest stages, deictic and representational elements are unevenly distributed in the gestural vs. the vocal modality, and in one vs. two-element utterances. The findings suggest that while gestural deixis plays a primary role in allowing children to define and articulate their vocal productions, representational skills appear to be markedly more constrained in the gestural as compared to the vocal modality.
2008. Manual actions affect vocalizations of infants. Experimental Brain Research 184:4 ► pp. 599 ff.
Bibri, Simon Elias
2015. Towards AmI Systems Capable of Engaging in ‘Intelligent Dialog’ and ‘Mingling Socially with Humans’. In The Human Face of Ambient Intelligence [Atlantis Ambient and Pervasive Intelligence, 9], ► pp. 321 ff.
Capobianco, Micaela & Luca Cerniglia
2020. Coarticolazione temporale nelle combinazioni di gesti e parole: dati longitudinali in bambini nati a termine e pretermine nei primi due anni di età. RICERCHE DI PSICOLOGIA :2 ► pp. 547 ff.
Capobianco, Micaela, Elena Antinoro Pizzuto & Antonella Devescovi
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