Early Action and Gesture "Vocabulary" and Its Relation With Word Comprehension and Production

Data from 492 Italian infants (8-18 months) were collected with the parental questionnaire MacArthur Bates Communicative Development Inventories to describe early actions and gestures (A-G) ''vocabulary'' and its relation with spoken vocabulary in both comprehension and production. A-G were more strongly correlated with word comprehension than word production. A clear developmental pattern for the different types of A-G was found. These findings are similar to those of different Western languages, indicating a common biological and cultural basis. The analysis of individual A-G and their relations with early words with a related meaning showed interesting similarities between the production of A-G with and without object manipulation and the comprehension and production of corresponding words. Results indicate that the transition from A-G to spoken language is mediated by word comprehension

Tipo Pubblicazione: 
Author or Creator: 
Caselli, Maria Cristina
Rinaldi, Pasquale
Stefanini, Silvia
Volterra, Virginia
Wiley, Chichester , Regno Unito
Child development (Online) 83 (2012): 526–542.
info:cnr-pdr/source/autori:Caselli, Maria Cristina; Rinaldi, Pasquale; Stefanini, Silvia; Volterra, Virginia/titolo:Early Action and Gesture "Vocabulary" and Its Relation With Word Comprehension and Production/doi:/rivista:Child development (Online)/anno:
Resource Identifier: 
ISTC Author: 
Ritratto di Pasquale Rinaldi
Real name: 
Ritratto di Virginia Volterra
Real name: