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3V0294.1

3V0294.01 The IMPURE POINT and progressive structuration: 11/12/78

As observed more generally by Bruner, this infant Peggy started “pointing” around 9 months of age. (confer P40 and P41, I don’t know if earlier tapes contain unremarked examples of earlier pointing). Since the appearance, we have watched Peggy’s pointing more closely off camera. She does point with her index finger solus, but more commonly she points with her index, middle fingers extended and joined — as this morning she pointed at a fire I had built, saying at the same time /dae/dae/dae/dae/. Robby, now much engaged in cub-scouting, has been delighted to call to our attention the many times Peggy “give the cub scout salute.”

Peggy frequently sucks on her fingers and her impure point is often a wet one as well. A simple speculation is that Peggy is treating separately groups of fingers (that motor control is becoming gradually more discriminating — and that she is splitting out groups for distinct control which will finally result in specific, directed control of digits.) My scenario is that Peggy, sucking on two fingers, has the remaining two fingers closed with the thumb and when she removes her hand from her mouth to point, the command functions for the two fingers being jointly sucked. This speculation is ab initio unlikely because Peggy’s characteristic finger couple for sucking is the two middle fingers. I have asked Gretchen to watch Peggy’s finger sucking very carefully now before she does any pointing.

Relevance: I consider this hypothesis a good one to test because, joining as it does Berrill;s view of progressive structuration with observable phenomena, I might come up with a strong contrary view to Bruner’s offhand contention that the development of the pure point is “encoded in the genome.”

3V0297.1

3V0297.01 Pointing at Bob: 11/15/78

Yesterday morning I was sitting on the end of the bed with Peggy on my lap. Bob was in his chair, behind and to my right. All three of us faced in the same direction. Peggy was babbling away and when she said /dae/dae/dae/, I asked her “Where’s Daddy? Where’s Daddy ?” Peggy immediately turned to her right, looking over our shoulders, and indicated Bob with an impure point.

3V0300.1

3V0300.01 Pointing: no physical carryover; use as a probe-> pointing: 11/18/78

Peggy always points with two fingers. This is so obvious to us we should not let it pass without saying. My earlier speculation that this related to her finger sucking pattern was wrong. The two fingers are a probe. She puts them in Gretchen’s mouth when offering fingers to be sucked; she scratches with them. (Frequently Peggy sucks the two middle fingers of her left hand and explores her head — say an ear with the two forefingers of her right hand.)

P042

Peggy Study, Video P042

Themes: Language Development, pre-Pointing, Object Exploration
Source: (Lawler); date: 11/13/1978

Title
Text commentary: what this video shows; why it is important



P42A1 pre-Conversation, 19mb


P42A2 pre-Conversation, 20mb


P42B Choice and Pointing, 15mb


P42C1 Blocks Box, 16mb


P42C2 Blocks Box, 19mb


P42D Giving a Ball, with GPL, 15mb


P42E1 Standard Objects, 19mb


P42E2 Standard Objects, 17mb