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Developing language in a developing body: the relationship between motor development and language development

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TitleDeveloping language in a developing body: the relationship between motor development and language development
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractDuring the first eighteen months of life, infants acquire and refine a whole set of new motor skills that significantly change the ways in which the body moves in and interacts with the environment. In this review article, I argue that motor acquisitions provide infants with an opportunity to practice skills relevant to language acquisition before they are needed for that purpose; and that the emergence of new motor skills changes infants' experience with objects and people in ways that are relevant for both general communicative development and the acquisition of language. Implications of this perspective for current views of co-occurring language and motor impairments and for methodology in the field of child language research are also considered. Adapted from the source document.
AuthorsIverson, J. M.
Year of Publication2010
PublicationJournal of Child Language
Volume37
Issue2
Pages229-261
ISSN0305-0009 (print), 1469-7602 (electronic)
Publisher DOIhttp://journals.cambridge.org/CMAccess
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Reseach NotesPreparation of this article was supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (R01 HD54979).
Keywords (MeSH)child development, child language, infant, language development, motor activity, motor skills
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