Peggy Study, Panel P116 Themes: Language Development, Object Exploration, Social Interaction Source: (Lawler); date: 4/14/1980 Title: Text commentary: These clips show ??; Why important ?? P116A Form Free Orders, 15mb P116B Person? Toddler?, 7mb P116C Toy Telephone, 13mb P116D Cups with Images, 23mb P116E1 Cups, Standard Objects, 23mb P116E2 Cups, Standard Objects, 23mb P116F Peggy …

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Peggy Study, Panel P115 Themes: Language Development, Object Exploration, Social Interaction Source: (Lawler); date: 4/7/1980 Title: Text commentary: These clips show ??; Why important ?? P115A Benjamin Bunny, with GPL, 22mb P115B Toy Play, 9mb P115C Standard Objects, 16mb P115D Toy Play, 24mb P115E1 Letter Desk, 23mb P115E2 Letter Desk, 22mb P115F Now We Are …

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Peggy Study, Panel P114 Themes: Vocal Communication, Exploring Object Interactions, Social Interactions Source: (Lawler); date: 3/31/1980 Title: Text commentary: These clips show continuing object exploration with increasing focus on letters P114A1 Rehearsal, 2mb P114A2 Sorting Letters, 9mb P114B B for Basics, 10mb P114C1 Standard Objects, 20mb P114C2 Standard Objects, 23mb[splash jpeg error] P114D1 Reading with …

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Peggy Study, Panel P113 Themes: Language Development, Object Exploration, Social interactions Source: (Lawler); date: 3/23/1980 Title: Text commentary: These clips have grainy video; this may be one of those dark videos brightened during digitizing P113A “We Play Letters”, 2mb P113B1 Standard Objects, 16mb P113B2 Standard Objects, 13mb P113B3 Standard Objects, 22mb P113C “Where Mommy?”, 7mb …

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Peggy Study, Panel P112 Themes: Language Development, Object Exploration, Social Interaction Source: (Lawler); date: 3/16/1980 Title: Text commentary: These clips show ??; Why important ?? P112A Preliminaries, 4mb P112B1 Standard Objects, 15mb P112B2 Standard Objects, 17mb P112C Toy Interlude, 4mb P112D1 Letter Desk, 21mb P112D2 Letter Desk, 19mb P112D3 Letter Desk, 24mb P112E Cat in …

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Peggy Study, Panel P111 Themes: Toys and Talk, More Toys, Books with Bob Source: (Lawler); date: 3/9/1980 Title: Text commentary: These clips show ??; Peggy was coming down with a cold at this time. P111A1 Toys with GPL, 12mb P111A2 Toys with GPL, 24mb P111A3 Toys with GPL, 27mb P111B1 Objects & Toys with Bob, …

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Peggy Study, Panel P110 Themes: Language Development, Object Exploration, Social Interactions Source: (Lawler); date: 3/2/1980 Title: Text commentary: These clips show ??; Why important ?? P110A Sibling Pictures, 7mb P110B Standard Objects: Tower, 22mb P110C Standard Objects: Cups and Balls, 21mb P110D Army Book, 18mb P110E1 Reading Hop On Pop, 20mb P110E2 Reading Hop On …

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Peggy Study, Panel P109 Themes: Language Development, Object Knowledge, Social Interactions Source: (Lawler); date: 2/24/1980 Title: Text commentary: I am not proud of letting my frustration surface so much in this session, but it came from the technology (30 minute video tapes) that I couldn’t afford as a grad student ($15. each, in 1970’s). Times …

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Peggy Study, Panel P108 Themes: Language Development, Object Exploration, Social Interactions Source: (Lawler); date: 2/18/1980 Title: Text commentary: These clips show ??; Why important ?? P108A Puzzle Box, 22mb P108B Toy Telephone, 7mb P108C Standard Objects, 19mb P108D From the Toy Box, 24mb P108E1 Read “Scotties”, 15mb P108E2 Read “Scotties”, 16mb P108F Enter Scurry, 14mb …

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Peggy Study, Panel P107 Themes: Language Development, Object Knowledge, Social Interactions Source: (Lawler); date: 2/11/1980 Title: Text commentary: These clips show Peggy’s choices determining activities; further they exhibit the continuing and increasing demand that her language performance rise to a comprehensible standard P107A1 Plans versus Toys, 21mb P107A2 Fitting Into Holes, 26mb P107B Use Typewriter, …

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Peggy Study, Panel P106 Themes: Language Development, Object Knowledge, Social Interactions Source: (Lawler); date: 2/4/1980 Title: Text commentary: As noted in these clips, most everyone in the family was feeling sub-par. This probably explains Peggy’s lack of persistence in playing with all the various things introduced in the session. P106A Typewriter, with Miriam, 17mb P106B …

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Peggy Study, Panel P105 Themes: Language Development, Object Knowledge, Social Interactions Source: (Lawler); date: 1/28/1980 Title: Text commentary: These clips show Peggy entering her third year. P105A Talking with Peg, 18mb P105B1 Standard Objects, 14mb P105B2 Standard Objects, 19mb P105C Alphabet Blocks, 16mb P105D Building Blocks, 19mb P105E1 Coins with Rob, 15mb P105E2 Coins (not …

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P117, Peggy at 27 months (video): toy people; standard objects; stacking cups; in & out; dancing.


3V0822.01 Why did it?” (4/23/80) I changed a soggy diaper and dropped it into the diaper pail. Peggy said very seriously, “Why did it ? Why put diaper in there ?” Gretchen


3V0821.01 Varying “why?” : [why to distraction] (4/22/80) Talking to Peggy about something…. She replied “Why not?” [a valid question in the context, and the first time I heard her use it. She has been saying “why” to distraction lately.] Gretchen


3V0820.02 Past form (4/21/80) Peggy very clearly said, ” I wanted grape, like this.” When we discussed my earlier mistake in getting her milk instead of orange juice.


3V0820.01 Pronouns (4/21/80) “I spilled stuff in my dress. It’s juice.”


3V0819.03 “I believe it” (4/20/80) Miriam noted Peggy’s comment about something she had said.


3V0819.02 She-teddy (4/20/80) Gender is not a forward distinction for Peggy yet. She played with her Teddy bear, saying, “Teddy tired…(lays it down)… He’s a good girl.”


3V0819.01 Progressive Verbs (4/20/80) Peggy has used present participles as progressive verb forms in a descriptive mode (as on last page). In two incidents, the context makes clear her richer semantic framework served by those forms. Yesterday I sat on the front stoop. Peggy came up the path and before reaching the stairs said to …

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3V0818.01 Directed speech (cf. 4/5) (4/19/80) Peggy inherited from Miriam a large number of small Fischer-Price “people” and toy animals. Today Peggy played with the toys in my hearing. Walking them down the piano, Peggy gave directions to the toys, as people — and language addressable creatures, about where to walk and what to say …

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3V0817.01 No function words (4/18/80) Peggy and I walked down the drive way toward the house. She held her “Bear Hug” by its arm. Holding the bear at ground level and bouncing it, she said, “Bear walking me.” Playing inside with an ovoid on four wheels, painted as a lady-bug, Peggy remarked, “Playing Lady Bug.” …

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3V0813.01 Why because! (4/14/80) Peggy has been driving us crazy with her “why?” queries (I am much more aware of this than I was with the two earlier children). Her use of the question is at least twofold (see also 4/12/80 entry), as conversation continuer and as argument. By continuer, I mean Peggy uses “why” …

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3V0811.06 Birds (4/12/80) Miriam made a cardinal “Make it bake-it.” years ago; it hangs from the center of our dining-room window and is frequently remarked upon by Peggy. Since the birds have returned this spring, she has more to discuss at table. Climbing in a chair by the window shoe noted, “See more birdie…Right there…He’s …

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3V0811.05 Multiple farewells (4/12/80) I was taking a bath and Peggy was in the room. She turned and went out, saying. “I’m going to see Mimi.” G: OK. P: “Bye-bye.” G: Bye, Peggy P: See you later, Mommy. G: See you later, Peg. Gretchen


3V0811.04 Surprising syngnosticity (4/12/80) Peggy’s toy elephant she names “Arroot.” Miriam received as a birthday present a pig hand-puppet which Peggy very much admires. She asked the name and Miriam called it “Alfred,” since which Peggy has been chasing and pestering her for “My arroot.” The resolution a half hour later: Peggy came in the …

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3V0811.03 Correction (4/12/80) With my cast, I received a small boot to protect the plaster from the weather. I’ve told Peggy this is my “bootie.” I just sent her out to get her face and hands washed (she is very sticky after Miriam’s birthday party.) As she passed my foot, she leaned on my foot …

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3V0811.02 ‘That’s what’ — a microscript (4/12/80) Peggy’s “Why?” question — which has come to follow our every utterance to her — has become quite annoying. Sometimes we ignore her question, treating it as an annoyance. Other reactions of ours, similar in kind, are “because I told you to” or in truncated form “because…” Outside, …

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3V0811.01 Peggy writing ‘Daddy Lawler’ (4/12/80) I came home from Cambridge last night with a cast on my leg. Robby and Miriam both put their decorations on them. Peggy, this morning took a blue pen somehow indicating she wanted to write on the cast. When I asked what she would write, Peggy said, “Daddy Lawler.” …

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3V0809.02 Imitation and microscript inception Robby was playing hide, getting under his blanket and calling. “Where’s Robby?” Peggy went over by her crib and asked “Where’s Peggy?” (I have never heard her do that before. If someone else says, “Where’s Peggy?” she points to herself and says, “Here.”)


3V0809.01 Letters and words: [QNA = “Peggy Lawler”] (4/10/80) Peggy played on the floor with her magnetic desk. On the surface, grouped together she put the letters, Q, N, and A.” She got my attention, pointing to the three “Who’s that, Daddy?” I answered that I didn’t know. She informed me, “Peggy Lawler.” Picking up …

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3V0805.02 Aspect: [ I get the socks… I got one.] Sitting on the back steps on a really nice day, Peggy’s socks were on the ground. I told her we should put on her shoes and socks so she could run around outside. Beginning to climb down, she remarked, “I get the socks… I got …

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3V0805.01 Language as formulating experience (Eavesdropping) (4/6/80) Peggy wakes early. As I brought some morning coffee to Gretchen, I heard Peggy talking in the crib (through the wall) “Look at the spider, swinging…swinging…” Why is this significant ? Language as formulation of experience, expressing the flow of understanding without communicative intention; fluency as delineating the …

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3V0804.01 Directed speech (4/5/80) I consider the appearance of this phenomenon one of the most striking evidences of the elevation of control. Several days ago, Peggy approached me with her favorite toy, “Bear Hug.” She said to me, “Say ‘Hi bear’.” I did as she asked. This was repeated a few times, with Scurry as …

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3V0803.01 Agent, patient, and word order: [Peggy hurt — ] (4/4/80 or earlier) Miriam sat by the stove, reviewing her multiplication flash cards. Peggy, Mad at her for some reasons, hit at Miriam and hurt herself by striking the flash cards. She cried, “Mimi hurt Peggy !” Miriam corrected her, “No. You did it yourself. …

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3V0802.01 “Hot dogs cooked by Daddy” (4/3/80) I don’t recall the detail of this incident.


3V0801.01 Counting (4/2/80) As I put her floride drops into juice, Peggy counted out as she has heard me do, “One…two….three…” Bob notes Peggy counted: one, two three four (checkers) Gretchen


3V0799.03 Wanting present mommy (3/31/80) Driving back from cub scouts after dropping Robby off — Peggy yawned. I said, “Tired?” P: Yes. G: Maybe that’s because you didn’t have a nap today. P: (loudly) I want Mommy…I want Mommy.” G: You have a Mommy, right here. P: (flat) Oh. G: (I chuckled) P: That funny …

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3V0799.02 Unfamiliar phrase reaction (3/31/80) G: “Sit down, Peggy, so I can tie your bloody shoe!” P: “Bloody shoe. What you mean?” [/whuht/choe/min/] Gretchen


3V0799.01 Walking something like a dog (3/31/80) Peggy carried two empty beer cans from the kitchen to me in my chair (after all, they were mine). Plunking them down vertically on my knee, still holding on, she began twisting the cans in opposite directions around their common vertical center, and explained, unbidden, “walking like a …

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3V0798.01 Relation of heard imperative and reconstructed declarative (3/30/80) Peggy to me: “Mommy, be quiet… be quiet.” [I am not talking at the time.] I reply, “I am.” Peggy: “I am quiet…I am quiet.” (accent more on quiet than on “am”) Gretchen


3V0797.02 The Scottie in Madeline: [that scurry. that name scurry.] (3/29/80) Reading again Peggy’s early favorite, we came to a page where a figure in the background walks a black Scotty. Peggy asked, “Who’s that who, Daddy?” Confused, I asked, “Who’s what?” She pointed, “That Scurry. That name Scurry.”


3V0797.01 Expression of temporal order (3/29/80) At breakfast (possibly lunch) Peggy posed a specific but unsuccessful demand, “want juice for cup.” (this cup has a frog sitting on the bottom; it is revealed when the cup is half emptied.) I brought her the cup, but it contained milk requested earlier, “Drink the milk, Peggy.” She …

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3V0795.02 Standard sentence [I want baby diapers (paper ones)] (3/27/80) no further text. Gretchen


3V0795.01 Non-standard sentence [me out go side] (3/27/80 As I was going back and forth hauling wood inside — Peggy said “Me out go side.” Gretchen


3V0794.01 Birdies (3/26/80) “Birdie… Saw birdie… in a tree.” confer 3/30/80 [birdie fall out of tree] Gretchen


3V0792.01 Context appropriate verbal accompaniment: remembered rhyme (3/24/80) Sitting with Peggy on my lap, I became aware that she was babbling to herself. As I listened, I realized she was reciting an appropriate jingle… something like “Go horsie… go town… take-a Peggy…all fall in.” Gretchen


3V0791.03 Amplification, apparently temporal (3/23/80) “Me want it. Me want it now.” Gretchen


3V0791.02 Book all words (3/21/80) Sometimes Peggy tries to claim one of my books that I am reading as hers. Then I tell her, no, it’s my book, and look, there are lots of words but no pictures. Today, Peggy picked up an adult book, leafed through it, and remarked, “Book all words.” Gretchen


3V0791.01 Peggy’s now is when? (3/23/80) Peggy pointed a phonics dictionary and said, “Mimi’s.” I replied that yes, I thought it was. Peggy continued, “Mimi’s, // is Peggy’s now.”