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Peggy Study, Panel P118

Themes: Language Development, Object Exploration, Social Interaction
Source: (Lawler); date: 4/27/1980

Text commentary: These clips begin with Peggy rehearsing her early form of knock-knock jokes.

P118A1 Bag of Blocks, 20mb

P118A2 Bag of Blocks, 20mb

P118B1 Toy People & Blocks, 17mb

P118B2 Toy People & Blocks, 17mb

P118C Letter Desk, 13mb

P118D1 Standard Objects, 16mb

P118D2 Standard Objects, 20mb

P118E Standard Objects, with Miriam, 21mb

P118F Pokey Little Puppy, 3mb


3V0827.01 Reading: naming and describing (4/28/80)

When Peggy reads pictures, she primarily identifies, i.e. names the
characters. Thus in Richard Scary’s books, she might exclaim, “There’s
lowly worm.” Encountering some rarer figure, she asks “Who’s that?”
Beyond naming, Peggy has begun to go on to interpretation of the
pictures, describing what the character is doing.


3V0829.01 Counting; conventional now to six (4/30/80)

Robby and I discussed Peggy’s counting and he informs me she counts
now beyond four, to six, quite conventionally. He has waked and heard
her counting in her crib “one, two, three, four, five, six, nine, ten” This
is further evidence of the influence of hide and seek.


3V0830.01 Limit to script competence: ( fabricated date: 5/1/80)

After Miriam’s “Timber” knock knock, Peggy began “knock-knock.”
Miriam responded, “Who’s there?” Peggy appeared a little distressed
for a moment, then responded, “Mimi said.” and smiled.


3V0831.01 Names as unique identifiers: Rob is a person; she is a toddler, not a person. (5/2/80)

Peggy has two toys, a dog and a cat, which were once containers of
bubble bath. The blue cat she refers to as “kitty.” The pink poodle she
formerly referred to as a dog. Recently I told her the dog was an
animal. Thereafter she denied the “animal” was a dog and also denied
“kitty” was an animal. I then asked Peggy if she was a good girl. She
replied, “I’m a toddler.” I continued, “Are you a good kid?” She
responded, “Robby’s a kid. Mimi’s a kid.” I pushed on, “Robby’s a
person and so is Mimi. Are you a person too ?” Peggy concluded, “No.
I’m a toddler.”

My interpretation is that Peggy has used labels, names, as unique
identifiers (as proper nouns more than common nouns; this is no
problem – if people have the same names in different families, why
shouldn’t objects have the same names in different families, while
maintaining as much individuality as people do?) This issue led to
raising this sort of question in VT _____, where Peggy first admitted
she was both a toddler and a person.


3V0832.01 Peggy’s Typer: (5/3/80)

Peggy asked today (with no prompting at all) that I get out her “Typer.”
This is merely a further indication of her letter-interest.