Sensorimotor Development and the Use of Prelinguistic Performatives Thirty-two children participated in a study designed to determine the effects of sensorimotor training on proto-declarative and proto-imperative performative behavior. The children were randomly assigned to training on means-end schemes, training on relating to objects schemes, training on both means-end and relating to objects, or to a control condition involving ... Research Article
Research Article  |   June 01, 1981
Sensorimotor Development and the Use of Prelinguistic Performatives
 
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  • Karen F. Steckol
    University of Louisville, Kentucky
  • Laurence B. Leonard
    Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
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Research Article   |   June 01, 1981
Sensorimotor Development and the Use of Prelinguistic Performatives
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1981, Vol. 24, 262-268. doi:10.1044/jshr.2402.262
History: Received October 15, 1979 , Accepted May 19, 1980
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1981, Vol. 24, 262-268. doi:10.1044/jshr.2402.262
History: Received October 15, 1979; Accepted May 19, 1980

Thirty-two children participated in a study designed to determine the effects of sensorimotor training on proto-declarative and proto-imperative performative behavior. The children were randomly assigned to training on means-end schemes, training on relating to objects schemes, training on both means-end and relating to objects, or to a control condition involving no training. Results indicated that relating to objects schemes training was successful. Also, a greater degree of performative usage was seen in the relating to objects training group. These results offer relatively strong evidence for a relationship between these sensorimotor and communicative abilities.

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