Temas em Psicologia
version ISSN 1413-389X
LYRA, Maria C. D. P and CHAVES, Emmanuelle C. The development of communication in the early life: establishment extension and abbreviation. Temas psicol. [online]. 2000, vol.8, n.3, pp. 225-240. ISSN 1413-389X.
This paper presents a proposal for analysis and understanding of the mother-infant communication development. Two assumptions form the proposal basis. First, inclusion of the time as an essential part of the communication dynamic, conceived as a process of change when new leveis of the organization emerge. Second, integration of human development in the social-cultural context, actualized through the history of the communication development construction. Based on multiple case studies, longitudinally investigated through weekly videotaped mother-infant interactions during the first eight months of the infant's life, three concepts are proposed: establishment, extension and abbreviation. These concepts describe the dialogical or interactional formats assumed by communication for this age range. Finally, the characteristic communication dynamics is discussed as a constant interplay between deterministic and indeterministic aspects of the system that constructs new communicative elements as shared meanings
Keywords : development; mother-infant communication; dialogue.