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3V0550.01 [is a stairs] (7/26/79)

Recently Peggy has been using the phrase “Is a X”. This use has been in
a context we would interpret as declaring the identification of a thing.
It may not mean that to Peggy. It may mean that and other things as
well, as this observation suggests.

I recently refinished a picnic table and assembled it in the basement.
Gretchen brought Peggy down with her when she came to see it. As we
adults talked for a while, Peggy toddled off down the hall. ” Hey Peggy.
Where you goin’ ?” I queried. [is a stairs] she replied.

This appears to be another example of an utterance whose non-
standard use implies a significant lack of distinction. Does Peggy have
only one phrase in her repertoire for question answering ? Does she
recognize only one question ? What might that be like ? “What are you
focused on now ?” To which her [is a X] is frequently the anticipated


3V0550.02 /va/va’/ (7/26/79)

out walking with Peggy, we heard (but did not see) a dog bark. Peggy
pointed in the general direction of the sound and said /va/va’/.


3V0550.03 Lily Pads (7/26/79)

Peggy and I went down to the lake with the older children. They swim
and Peggy potters and patters about. At one point Peggy pointed in the
direction of the lily pads just to the left of the beach area and said,
[what is that]. I repeated the question and told her “that” was lily pads.


3V0552.01 [up stairs] : (07/28/79)

Downstairs: “Peggy, where are you going ?” [up – stairs] Gretchen.


Infant Peggy Study, Panel P078

Themes: Objects & Interactions, Communication, Sibling Interactions
Source: (Lawler); date: 7/23/79

Title Peggy at a Year and a Half
Text commentary: what this video shows; why it is important

P78A Balls & Cylinders, 25mb

P78B Reading, with Bob, 31mb

P78C Wooden Nickels, with Miriam, 39mb

P78D Standard Objects, 49mb