Pointing

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  • Pointing is one of the most basic forms of directing a person's attention to aspects in the world relevant to one's thinking. Although the sign itself does not carry any meaning, pointing enables meaningful communication between a sender and recipient, irrespective of a shared language. Pointing is a uniquely human, cross-culturally shared activity. It precedes the acquisition of language in a predictive manner and provides infants with a means to engage in preverbal referential exchanges with others. Aberrant development is rare and often both a symptom and source of pervasive developmental disorders. Pointing sits at the crossroads of communication, cognition, and language and represents one of the most significant milestones in infant development.

    The pointing gesture emerges on average around 11 to 12 months of ...

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