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3V1058.1

3V1058.01 Counting objects: near standard sequence with omissions (12/13/80)

Miriam and Peggy went to visit Mrs. Smith. She keeps toys in her house
for children she takes care of. Peggy selected a ring pyramid and
Miriam (as she later tells the story) inverted the rings. Peggy began
re-stacking the ring and spontaneously reciting number names: “one,
two, three, four, five, six, (seven omitted), eight, nine, ten, eleven,
twelve.” (cf. P150 ? P151? )
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3V1063.1

3V1063.01 Hop on Pop: the right phrase; the wrong orthographic order
(12/20/80)

Peggy brought me this book to read and spontaneously read the title,
pointing to each of three words, “Hop on Pop”… Subsequently, (again
spontaneously) she read on the title page, “Hop on Pop.” This was most
interesting in that she pointed to “Pop”, “on”, and then “Hop” while
reciting “Hop on Pop.”

Significance: Although she gets the details wrong ,Peggy shows here the
idea of one-to-one correspondence between the syllables she says and
the letter groupings on the page.

Further: At the end, I read “Constantinople and Timbuktu.” When I
pointed to those words, she objected that “and” could not be a word
because it was too little (compared to the other two).

3V1063.2

3V1063.02 Reciting number names: varied responses to correction (12/20/80)

I drove to New Haven. Miriam and Peggy came along for the ride. On
the return trip, Peggy stood behind and between the two front seats of
the Saab, holding on and exclaiming amazedly at nearly everything
seen. As I drove from I-91 down onto route 80, Peggy noted “There’s a
whole lotta tell-poles for people to count.” and began reciting number
names, “One, two, three, four, five, six, eight, nine, ten, eleven,
twelve… eighteen, nineteen, sixteen.” Let that list represent her basic
recitation. Miriam criticized the omission of “seven” — so Peggy added
it to the list by displacing and omitting “six”. Apparently she knew
there were more “teen” numbers, because at one point she repeated
several times “eighteen, nineteen sixteen, eighteen, nineteen sixteen,
eighteen, nineteen sixteen.” Finally, after “eighteen, nineteen, ” on one
occasion she concluded, “one, two, three, go.”

Was Peggy reciting merely ? She wasn’t counting. “tell-poles,” at least
gave no evidence of doing so. We can’t tell if she was counting objects
in her mind separate from her name list — but I doubt she was.