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dc.contributor.advisorGoodman, Judith C. (Judith Claire), 1958-eng
dc.contributor.authorCrowe, Tracy N., 1979-eng
dc.date.issued2016eng
dc.date.submitted2016 Falleng
dc.descriptionAbstract from short.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionDissertation supervisor: Dr. Judith Goodman.eng
dc.descriptionIncludes vita.eng
dc.description.abstractAs language learners, young children are required to extract and interpret segments from a continuous communication stream. Interpreting the information provided by adults is essential to increasing infants' understanding of their world and the language it contains. Previous research confirms that when speaking to young children, adults modify their speech compared to when they are speaking to another adult (e.g. Bekken, 1989; Brand, Baldwin, & Ashburn, 2002; Fernald, 1991; Hoff-Ginsburg & Shatz, 1982; Iverson, Capirci, Longobardi, & Caselli, 1999) and that these modifications might aid a child's attention to the speaker and subsequent language learning. Adding to the existing child-directed speech literature, our study focused primarily on the nonverbal behaviors of mothers with their children in everyday activities. We chose to look at gesture because communicative information to be segmented during interaction is provided not only in verbal utterances but is highlighted through visual means as well. Our study contributes to a better understanding of the visual properties of communication by establishing that there are differences in the way mothers use gesture with their children based on age, expressive language ability, and context.eng
dc.description.bibrefIncludes bibliographical references (pages 99-112).eng
dc.format.extent1 online resource (vii, 113 pages) : illustrationseng
dc.identifier.merlinb118796513eng
dc.identifier.oclc987961031eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/59827
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/59827eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcollectionUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.rightsOpenAccesseng
dc.rights.licenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License.eng
dc.subject.FASTMother and childeng
dc.subject.FASTGestureeng
dc.subject.FASTCommunication -- Social aspectseng
dc.subject.FASTLanguage and languageseng
dc.titleMaternal gestural input to young children : the role of age, language ability, context, and pragmatic functioneng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineCommunication (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelDoctoraleng
thesis.degree.namePh. D.eng


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