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3V0938.01 My-best-friend: early phrases as unstructured idioms; early variations:

How many words is this utterance ? How fluid or viscous are the
relations of parts and the whole ? Playing down at Jacob’s Beach, Peggy
used this phrase to refer to ANY child she met there of her size. (She
has originally used it to refer to her cousin Matthew, met once only but
of her size. Miriam’s best friend, Clare, is of her [Miriam’s] size. We
can speculate that to Peggy, this phrase was a uniform phrase of no
internal structure.

The first variablization of this phrase was most natural, but one which
doesn’t permit us to distinguish specifically its extended direction.
Peggy and I were discussing Scurry and noted she a was a good dog.
Peggy referred to her “my best dog.” The dog is Peggy’s friend —
perhaps her closest friend (surely so if we don;t count her parents and
siblings), very much more Peggy’s equal in size than we giants are.
So we conclude that we see a more specific meaning-compatible, non-
substitution into a phrase rich in meanings (ie. meaning both “similar
to me in size” and “friendly”). This connects with the ideas of PRCEW
(“Pre-readers’ Concept of the English Word”) (Miriam’s analysis, i.e.
naming comments in her Piagetian profile) that the “real” name of a
thing is its most specific descriptions and any less complete descriptions
is imperfect and vulnerable to criticisms.


3V0940.01 GSB : letters as symbols for people: “This say Mommy, Scurry, Daddy”
( 8/19/80)

We have a key ring about the house from the Guilford Savings Bank.
Peggy brought it to me today and explained to me, “This says Mommy,
Scurry, Daddy.” She has been told that this first letter begins the name
Gretchen, the last Bob, and, of course, S is for “Scurry.” The point to
note here is that WE do not impose on her this sort of correspondence.
This is what SHE remembers and makes much of.


3V0940.02 Left and right: convincing discrimination (8/19/80; 8/28/80)

8/28: Bob: Gretchen reports that a few days ago, Peggy came to her
crying. When asked what was wrong, Peggy answered, “I hurt my left
leg.” When Gretchen asked her to show Mommy the hurt place, Peggy
pointed to her left leg.

A short time ago, Peggy asked me to help her put on her sandals.
Undoing the clip, I asked her to give me her left foot. She did that. I
relayed to Gretchen, “When I asked her for her left foot, she gave me
the right one.” Peggy corrected me, “This is the right one. (holding out
the other foot).”

8/28: Gretchen: A day or so ago, I asked Peggy which side of her dress
she would like a pocket — which hand would she like to put in it. She
replied, “Left.” and held up her right hand.


3V0941.01 “I taller him”: words and intonations (8/20/80)

Peggy plays with the Fisher Price dolls, directing them and speaking for
them. Peggy used the comparative appropriately in speaking for
“Daddy” but more than that as well. She put on a very deep gruff voice
— of the same sort she uses to boss about the older children with my
authority. “Daddy wants to work in his chair,” to remove a sibling from
my easy chair so she can sit there.


3V0942.01 If “P” means Peggy, what is “eggy” ? (8/21/80)

Peggy has been writing a lot lately. She frequently asks me to write
“Peggy Lawler” on the pages before she does anything else. It has been
my custom to write “PEGGY” at the top and “LAWLER” in the middle. She
has come to accept that she has two names and identifies the word
“Lawler” with the sound. With respect to /pegi/, she assigns that as the
value to “P” and remains confused about what the other letters mean.
Peggy draws various scratches on the papers and occasionally asks me
to label them. Her most common drawing is of /ko elz/ [?? cows?]


3V0942.02 Counting letters: social context of alphabet learning (8/21/80)

So Peggy names her playing with them — and she frequently asks some
one to do that with her. She apparently has in mind companionship
alone and precious little else. Since the only thing she does with letters are:
1. identify individuals;
2. scatter them around;
3. replace them in their tray;
I invented a game to make it more interesting. One of her toy dogs
wants to help her by putting the letter away. she carries them
to the tray on her head then drops them in — because she doesn’t know
where they should go. Peggy corrects the dog’s mistakes (We played so
in P136 I believe)..

The important thing to notice here is that Peggy’s engagement is
primarily so — but it is also focused around the alphabetic symbol
system, the mastery of which is an adult (at least grown up)


3V0944.01 Blue Moon: Color names: for Peggy “blue” means white, color of eye-
ball (8/23/80)

A month ago I put the MG on insurance and began driving down town in
it. Feeling I spend too little time with Peggy, I’ve been going out of my
way to do so. A favorite after supper activity has been taking trips to
Jacob’s Beach. Even though Peggy doesn’t go to the lab with me, she
gets these trips in “Daddy’s new car” or “Daddy’s little car.” On the
ride down, we often see cows at Goose Lane farm or horses (near Half
Mile Road). We see both (if not too dark) coming past farmer Offredi’s
on Little Meadow Road. Peggy delights in the trip, but even more in the
playground at the Beach, which she refers to as “the fair”, saying often,
“Can we go to the fair?”

Last month, I took the three children to St. George’s Carnival. Peggy;s
biggest thrill was the Merry Go Round. She road again and again. I was
as delighted with her joy as she was to ride the horses. Peggy was so
thrilled she beamed with delight, held on tight and rode up and down,
no longer noticing the world beyond herself. I have never seen her so
filled with joy.

At Jacob’s Beach is a swing set for children (three. One for infants, one
for grown ups, and the third) which instead of seats has ‘horsies’ for
riding. The horses are of different colors — but none of them are blue.
(They are black, white, red, gray, salmon, white, but none are blue.)
Peggy said she wanted to ride the blue horsie. What could that mean ?
She always got on the one she wanted by going to it. We talked a little
about the colors and she explained: “The horsies have eyes (going from
one to another). They’re blue eyes..” (all the hoses have white eyes,
with a black ‘+’ as the pupil; Peggy has blue eyes. I recall her
description of herself (by contrast with Scurry who had an eye
infection around ( 8/23/80 ) of her BROWN eyes “My eye is blue and
yukky I’m not a dog.”) The conclusion then is that “blue” to Peggy
means “eye color” and that for her the salient eye color is of the ball,
i.e. white.

We rode the horsies for a while that evening and Peggy noticed the
full moon hanging over the harbor in the early evening.
“Daddy, see the blue moon.”


Peggy Study, Panel P134

Themes: Language Development, Social Interactions, Object Exploration
Source: (Lawler); date: 8/17/1980

Text commentary: These clips show Peggy expressing what she wants to do verbally and expressing how she feels physically and with language.

P134A Legos and Toy People, 20mb

P134B1 Reading with Bob, 9mb

P134B2 Reading with Bob, 28mb

P134C Legos and Toy People, 26mb

P134D1 Standard Objects, 22mb

P134D2 Standard Objects, 12mb

P134E Jump Rope and Ant, 17mb

P134F Letter Desk, 14mb