Author

Cydney Bunner

Publication Date

1-1-2011

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Olson, Janet

Degree Name

B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

Department

School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders

Abstract

Teaching infants to use representational gestures has become popular because their use has been linked with vocabulary acquisition. It is also known that infants use gestures for different purposes, or communicative intents. However, it is not known how infants' communicative intents relate to the types of representational gestures they use. Therefore this capstone includes a review of previous research and a study design for examining the relationship between communicative intent and representational gesture use. The proposed study utilizes fourteen infant-mother dyads who were taught five representational gestures and asked to record the use of the signs at home. They were asked to note how often the signs were used and for what purpose: commenting, requesting, or other. The study design is proposed to provide information that might inform intervention programs that teach representational gestures to infants.

Extent

12 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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Text

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