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3V0813.01 Why because! (4/14/80)

Peggy has been driving us crazy with her “why?” queries (I am much
more aware of this than I was with the two earlier children). Her use of
the question is at least twofold (see also 4/12/80 entry), as
conversation continuer and as argument. By continuer, I mean Peggy
uses “why” as a means to keep another person talking to her; thus it is
the equivalent in function to a command. “Why” comes into service as
an argument often because Peggy’s requests can not brook refusal.
It expresses her unwillingness to accept a negative response to her
requests but does more as well (where there’s talk, there is hope).
It engages us in giving explanations and interjecting the conjunction
“because” as an initial element in responses [thus “because” must
signify something important, worthwhile understanding]. Thus Peggy
finds causal arguments opposed (and signified by “because”) as a type
of communication marginally under her influence. Her appreciation of
this is marked by her response when I forbid her to walk down the
driveway. She explained she wanted to play with Scurry (who was near
the road). When I still refused , she explained in angry opposition,
“Why because!”


3V0817.01 No function words (4/18/80)

Peggy and I walked down the drive way toward the house. She held her
“Bear Hug” by its arm. Holding the bear at ground level and bouncing
it, she said, “Bear walking me.”

Playing inside with an ovoid on four wheels, painted as a lady-bug,
Peggy remarked, “Playing Lady Bug.” We conclude Peggy does not yet
use “with” where adults would.


3V0818.01 Directed speech (cf. 4/5) (4/19/80)

Peggy inherited from Miriam a large number of small Fischer-Price
“people” and toy animals. Today Peggy played with the toys in my
hearing. Walking them down the piano, Peggy gave directions to the
toys, as people — and language addressable creatures, about where to
walk and what to say and what to do (nothing more elaborate than “go
down here” and “Say ‘Hi, kids’.”)


Peggy Study, Panel P116

Themes: Language Development, Object Exploration, Social Interaction
Source: (Lawler); date: 4/14/1980

Text commentary: These clips show ??; Why important ??

P116A Form Free Orders, 15mb

P116B Person? Toddler?, 7mb

P116C Toy Telephone, 13mb

P116D Cups with Images, 23mb

P116E1 Cups, Standard Objects, 23mb

P116E2 Cups, Standard Objects, 23mb

P116F Peggy Typing, 10mb

P116G1 Letter Desk, 17mb

P116G2 Letter Desk, 17mb