Are They Talking?

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Before children begin to pronounce words they begin to ‘pronounce’ word-like sounds. If you listen for a while you will realize that these sounds are strung together into a small number of sentence-like patterns used repeatedly. If you watch how children orient to each other as they make these sounds, you can determine if the speaker is trying to communicate something to his friends. Speculate about what the children in this video might be thinking as they pronounce these sounds. Here are some possibilities:

  • “I want that.”
  • “That’s funny.”
  • “That’s mine.”
  • “Look at this.”
  • “I got it”.

Do you think it possible for an adult to use these pronounced sounds to guide her interactions with children and if so in what ways?

Keywords: Ones, Child-Child, Communication, Gestures, Non-verbal

Length of stand alone master video clip: 1 minute 59 seconds