Twelve-month-olds' comprehension and production of pointing.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This study explored whether infants aged 12 months already recognize the communicative function of pointing gestures. Infants participated in a task requiring them to comprehend an adult's informative pointing gesture to the location of a hidden toy. They mostly succeeded in this task, which required them to infer that the adult was attempting to direct their attention to a location for a reason - because she wanted them to know that a toy was hidden there. Many of the infants also reversed roles and produced appropriate pointing gestures for the adult in this same game, and indeed there was a correlation such that comprehenders were for the most part producers. These findings indicate that by 12 months of age infants are beginning to show a bidirectional understanding of communicative pointing.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Behne, T; Liszkowski, U; Carpenter, M; Tomasello, M

Published Date

  • September 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 30 / Pt 3

Start / End Page

  • 359 - 375

PubMed ID

  • 22882368

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2044-835X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0261-510X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.2044-835x.2011.02043.x


  • eng