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Title: Child-centered behaviors of caregivers with 12-month-old infants: Associations with passive joint engagement and later language
Author: Carol Hamer Trautman
Institution: University of Texas at Dallas
Author: Pamela Rosenthal Rollins
Institution: University of Texas at Dallas
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics
Abstract: This study investigates three aspects of social communication in 12-month-old infants and their caregivers: (a) caregiver conversational style, (b) caregiver gesture, and (c) infant engagement. Differences in caregiver behavior during passive joint engagement were associated with language outcomes. Although total mean duration of infant time in passive joint engagement was negatively associated with later language, caregiver contingent comments (CCCs) addressed to infants during passive joint engagements related to language learning. CCC utterances were found to co-occur with gesture, suggesting that CCC is an inherently multimodal conversational style. The positive association between CCCs during passive joint engagements and later language suggests that caregiver behavior is important, even at times when infants are not actively engaged with the caregiver.

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