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A subsequent, crosscultural and crosslinguistic study compared the gestural and vocal repertoires of 25 Italian and American infants observed between 9 and 13 months of age (Bates, Benigni, Bretherton, Camaioni, & Volterra, 1979; Volterra, Bates, Benigni, Bretherton, & Camaioni, 1979). Striking parallels between early vocal production and gestural schemes of symbolic play were found. The findings can be summarized as follows (Bates, Bretherton, Snyder, Shore, & Volterra, 1980: 408-409): • V-symbols (vocal) and G-symbols (gestural) emerge around the same time, and are correlated across the sample in frequency of use, rate of acquisition, and number of different schemes observed by the experimenters and reported by the mothers.

These issues were addressed by Caselli (1983a) in a longitudinal diary study of one Italian infant from the age of 10 to 20 months. , holding an empty fist to the ear for TELEPHONE, waving the hand for BYE_BYE, or raising the arms, palms up, for ALL_GONE) were in fact frequently used by the child to communicate in a variety of situations and con- 1. GESTURE AND THE EMERGENCE AND DEVELOPMENT OF LANGUAGE 11 texts similar to those in which first words were produced. These gestures, characterized as "referential gestures," differed from deictic gestures (such as prototypical POINTING or SHOWING) in that they denoted a precise referent and their basic semantic content remained relatively stable across different situations.

Plunkett, K. (1996). Rethinking innateness: A connectionist perspective on development. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. , & Bates, E. ). (1989). The crosslinguistic study of sentence processing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Part GESTURES AND WORD LEARNING I This page intentionally left blank Chapter 1 Gesture and the Emergence and Development of Language Virginia Volterra Maria Cristina Caselli Olga Capirci Elena Pizzuto Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Rome Nature is a miser.

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