Gestures, Words, and Early Object Sharing

  • L. B. Adamson
  • R. Bakeman
  • C. B. Smith
Part of the Springer Series in Language and Communication book series (SSLAN, volume 27)

Abstract

An infant’s first gestures and words are a developmental link between communication by “action” and communication by “symbol.” Unlike literal acts, their meaning derives at least in part from social convention. Unlike truly symbolic acts, these conventionalized acts are not free from their context. Their referent is often so close at hand that, even if an act is poorly executed, its meaning is relatively clear.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. B. Adamson
  • R. Bakeman
  • C. B. Smith

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