publication . Article . 2001

Toddlers' pointing when joint attention is obstructed

Franco, Fabia; Gagliano, Antonino;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2001 Journal: First Language, volume 21, pages 289-321 (issn: 0142-7237, eissn: 1740-2344, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Country: Mauritius
The aim of this study was to examine toddlers' ability to take their social partner's line of sight into account when engaging in joint attention. If pointing involves an understanding of the relationship between seeing and knowing, then specific modifications in communication should appear when joint attention is obstructed. In this study, obstacles were introduced in order to manipulate object visibility for the toddler's social partner. \ud \ud Thirty-two toddlers aged 18-23, 24-29, and 30-36 months were tested with an adult social partner and two animated clown mannequins.
free text keywords: Linguistics and Language, Education, Language and Linguistics, Psychology, Developmental psychology, Toddler, Joint attention
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