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3V0924.01 Meta-linguistic reflection: “I sorry.” (8/3/80)

We have an old clock whose face plate falls off with a distressing
regularity. Peggy just bumped the clock, the face plate fell off, and she
walked away. Sitting down in the middle of the floor, she called it to
my attention.
Peggy: I sorry break the clock.
Bob: I sorry break the clock ?
Peggy: Me. I’m sorry break the clock.
The last indicates to me Peggy was thinking about, puzzling over the
last several utterances.


3V0924.02 Watching Videotapes: single letters as name symbols (8/3/80)

Last night Gretchen and I reviewed four videotapes (weeks 26, 52, 78,
and 104). Peggy was in and out during this two hours of viewing (she
was alternately watching an hour long Disney show on the basement TV).

One question of interest to me was what Peggy made of these “other
children.” At 26 weeks, the tape began with a scene of me playing with
her in my lap. I asked Peggy who was the baby. She answered “My own
Peggy.” During the tape at 104 weeks, Peggy entered at a point when
she had been playing with her box of standard objects and noted,
“That’s me. doing a ‘periment.” The actor of the two intermediate
tapes went unrecognized. Her best speculation was that the other
toddler was “my best friend” — which is how she has often referred to
her coeval cousin, Matthew, met and played with in cherry Hill for one

As we looked at one of the tape section headers Peggy/AT NN/WEEKS
Peggy declared “That says Peggy.” I asked “Where?”
“Up there,” she said, “and down there it says ‘Gurry.” I asked her to
come to the TV and point where it said Peggy. She pointed to the letter
‘P’, and where does it say ‘Scurry’?” Peggy pointed, as I had expected,
to the letter ‘S’ of “WEEKS.” This observation confirms Peggy’s
interpretation of individual letters as representatives of names of
family (members).


3V0929.01 Language Rules used to construct new forms (8/8+/80)

Peggy is clearly constructing verbal forms by rules. Two sorts are now witnessed:
verb tense (past – even if her use be aspectual) and
pluralization rules.
Spontaneously, she produced BREAKED (8/8). BOOKSES (8/9),
GORILLASES (8/13), and DUCKSES (8/13).


Peggy Study, Panel P132

Themes: See “Ecological Psychology,” “Midwest and Its Children,” and “One Boy’s Day.”
Source: (Lawler); date: 8/3/1980

Text commentary: These clips show it is hard to produce order in episodes from the chaos of everyday negotiated interactions.
Barker and Wright would not be surprised.

P132A Pre-Experiment, 11mb

P132B (Not) Reading Little Black, 17mb

P132C Nesting Cups, 24mb

P132D Balls & Cups, 7mb

P132E Bringing Persons, 20mb

P132F Lamb and Best Friends, 20mb

P132G Ring Tower, 8mb

P132H “S” to a Bath, 9mb

P132I Bath to Book, 18mb

P132J Toy Chest Finds, 16mb