Do infants move to tell ?

Marianne Jover

The early emergence of communication in ontogeny probably relies on the infant’s movements (Thelen, 1981, Trevarthen 1986). However, during the first year after birth, the pathways between the newborn’s spontaneous motor activity and intentional gestural communication is hard to identify. To fill this gap, we explored 6-months-old infants’ motor activity during dyadic interactions in various setups (mother/stranger, silent/singing/interacting). The findings suggest that the infants’ motor activity could be an indicator of the infant’s engagement during interactions and reflect the dyad’s communicative routines.

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