Peggy Study, Panel P087 Themes: Language Development, Object Exploration, Reading Source: (Lawler); date: 9/24/1979 Title: Text commentary: These clips show language tests; introduction of conical post to Ring Tower; P87A1 Objects, Sound, Light, 18mb P87A2 Grammar Test, 15mb P87B Ring Tower, Cone Replacing Rod, 13mb P87C1 Standard Objects, 20mb P87C2 Standard Objects, 21mb P87C3 Standard …

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3V0615.02 [ma cup]: progression toward standard order. 9/29/79; cf. 9/17 Another “cup” episode under similar circumstances, save that Peggy’s first comment was [ma cup]. Gretchen.


3V0615.01 [bag gone]: hiding bag behind her; 9/29/79 Peggy playing “gone” with a bag, holding it behind her, and remarking [bag gone]. Gretchen.


3V0614.02 [Da…door…go]: pre-sentence 9/28/79 Upstairs with Peggy in our bedroom. The door shut to keep her from going downstairs, since we are here only a short time and I don’t want to bother with the gate. Peggy was a little restless, wanting to leave. She went to the door and pushed, saying [door…door]. Then (knowing …

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3V0614.01 [gone]: first explicit verbal joke. 9/28/79 Peggy still enjoys putting things in my pockets and taking them out. Not only does she ask for a pen (/pehn/) but she explains that she is putting in or taking out of the pocket (pae/taet/) by saying [in there] (as she stuffs a pen in) or [put …

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3V0613.01 [please]: first time use noticed; not a family focus. Peggy wanted a drink of my wine. She approached me pleading, “sip…sip…sip…sip…sip…sip…p’ease ?” She has used /sihp/ previously to mean [give me a sip], but this is the first time I have heard her use “please.” This word has not been emphasized to her. Gretchen.


3V0615.05 More word practice and an inference: “sleepy” is a signifier appropriate to an observed yawn. 9/26/79 I yawned. Peggy looked at me and immediately inquired /S’ipi ?/ The following morning a similar incident occurred with Miriam. For a day or so, every time any one yawned, Peggy would as /s’ipi?/ This is another word …

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3V0612.04 Word practice: (“terrible” = /teh/bu/) 9/26/79 This morning, changing Peggy’s diaper, I remarked to her “Poor Peggy. You are wet and soggy. That’s terrible.” Later on in the day, I heard Peggy repeating something to herself. Listening, I heard /teh/buh/. She repeated the word a number of times, as if practicing. Gretchen.


3V0612.03 Getting a name wrong: [pooh pooh]: Tiger in Madeline (=> a new word = last phrase in discourse) 9/26/79 [Pooh pooh] (with falling intonation). Reading Madeline today. As we turned the page which shows the little girls skating (left) and at the zoo (right), Peggy immediately pointed to the tiger in the right hand …

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3V0612.02 [help…zzzzz]: ie. please wind up my toy car. 9/26/79 Conversation: Peggy “He’p” Gretchen: Help? do you want some help ? What do you want help with ?” Peggy: [Zzzz…] She wanted me to wind up a little spring driven car. Gretchen.


3V0612.01 [kiss]: spontaneous and kisses Gretchen. While I was working in the kitchen, Peggy walked by holding a doll. She held it up , said “kiss” and kissed the doll. A week later (9/26) Peggy repeated this with me, saying spontaneously [kiss] and leaning over to kiss me. (repeats text of 3V0604) Gretchen.


3V0611.01 Counting cookie request [one…two…two ?] 9/25/79 This morning, Peggy asked for a cookie. As I gave it to her, she said “One,… two…. two ?” She waited until I gave her a second cookie. Gretchen.


3V0610.01 [diaper…shit]: proto-sentence. 9/24/79 Peggy is taking a more active role in indicating a need for diaper change. Frequently she will come over and pick at her plastic pants. Today she included a verbal reference to /dai/puh/ (sometimes she will remark [wet] and after a pause added [shit]. (she was right.) Gretchen.


3V0609.02 [pass]: desired food at table. [bark] replacing /vae/vae’/ 9/23/79 At lunch today Peggy coveted our sandwiches. I don’t recall whether the offer to give her some was direct or indirect; but Peggy reached out her hand, waving and calling impatiently and imperiously, [pass, pass] “Bark” is replacing “vava” as the word indicating what dogs …

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3V0609.01 [light off]: complex situation represented by order free catenation of words. 9/23/79 Peggy and I have played with a flash light recently, which I switched on and off and gave to her to play with. I named it for her as a “light” which she reproduced as /lait/. Peggy has since found lights everywhere …

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