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Before Speech : The Beginning of Interpersonal Communication - Margaret Bullowa

Before Speech

The Beginning of Interpersonal Communication

Paperback Published: 21st January 1980
ISBN: 9780521295222
Number Of Pages: 410

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Long before they can make any sounds approaching language, infants can share in communication, though what this means is the subject of much scrutiny. This 1979 volume deliberately draws on people whose different backgrounds have brought them to explore questions that have a bearing on communication in this earliest phase of human infancy. This is, then, as Dr Bullowa says in her introduction, primarily a book about 'how scientists go about finding out how infants and adults communicate with one another'. It is nowhere dogmatic; contributors have all been encouraged to say why they came to do the research reported, how they set about it and what they discovered. Dr Bullowa herself provides a useful introduction which makes its own substantial contribution, while surveying the broad context of the particular research, discussing some of the themes that recur in the book and relating them to the wider literature.

Introduction: prelinguistic communication: a field for scientific research
'The epigenesis of conversational interaction': a personal account of research development
Evidence of communication in neonatal behavioral assesment
Mutual regulation of the neonatal-maternal interactive: context for the origins of communication
Describing the structure of social interaction in infancy
Neonata entrainment and enculturation
Blind infants and their mothers: an examination of the sign system
One child's protolanguage
Thickening thin data: the maternal tole in devloping communication and language
The growth of shared understandings between infant and caregiver
How wild chimpanzee babies trigger the onset of mother-infant play - and what the mother makes of it
Making sense of experience to make sensible sounds
Talking and playing with babies: the role of ideologies of child-rearing
Early tactile communication and the patterning of human organization: a New Guinea case study
Communication starts with selective attention
Communication and cooperation in early infancy: a description of primary intersubjectivity
Structure of early face-to-face communicative interactions
Bibliography (and citation and names index)
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ISBN: 9780521295222
ISBN-10: 052129522X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 410
Published: 21st January 1980
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.57