Mothers talk about infants’ actions: Verbs correspond to infants’ real-time behavior

Karen Adolph & Catherine Tamis-LeMonda
Infants learn nouns during naming events—moments when caregivers name an object of infant play (e.g., “ball” as infant holds a ball). Do caregivers also label the actions of infants’ play (e.g, “roll” as infant rolls a ball)? We investigated moment-to-moment connections between mothers’ verb inputs and infants’ motor actions. We video-recorded 32 infant-mother dyads (half 13-, half 18-months old) for two hours at home, and identified the manual verbs (e.g., press, shake) and whole-body verbs...
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