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By Michael Tomasello, Dan Isaac Slobin

Past Nature-Nurture: Essays in Honor of Elizabeth Bates should still attract overseas students within the fields of developmental psycholinguistics, cognitive technological know-how, crosslinguistic learn, and either baby and grownup language issues. it's a cutting-edge evaluation of many components of cognitive technological know-how, and may be of school room use on the graduate point in classes designed as seminars in any of those subject matters.

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The analysis of Marco's production focused on his manual gestures, signs and words, and utterance production patterns. To avoid overestimating Marco's sign production, specific, and quite conservative criteria were 1. GESTURE AND THE EMERGENCE AND DEVELOPMENT OF LANGUAGE 25 used to distinguish signs from gestures. Communicative gestural signals were defined as signs only when: a) they resembled adult LIS forms, and b) their form differed from those that have been identified in the production of typically developing monolingual children.

At roughly parallel rates, they gradually "decontextualize" or extend out to a wider and more flexible range of objects and events. • There is tremendous overlap in content for both V- and G-symbols, when "vocabularies" are compiled across the whole sample. There are words for such concerns as eating, dressing, play with vehicles, telephones, games of exchange and peekaboo, sleeping, bathing, and doll play. The repertoires of conventional1 gestures involve precisely the 'it may be useful to clarify that in the studies reviewed here, as in the work of other researchers, the terminology used for different types of gestures observed in children's development is not homogeneous, and it has often considerably changed over the years, even in the work of the same author(s), reflecting parallel changes in methodology and/or perspectives.

Both deaf and hearing children began to combine two signs or two words in a single utterance at the same age (around 17-18 months), when their observed vocabularies of signs or words comprised about 20—40 distinct items. The combinations the children produced were comparable under one important aspect: hearing-speaking children combined two referential words at the same stage of symbolic development that deaf-signing children combined two referential signs. Interestingly, the hearing children never combined two referential gestures.

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