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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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LYRA, Maria C. D. P.. Development of a historically construed relational system: contributions from early communication. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2000, vol.13, n.2, pp. 257-268. ISSN 0102-7972.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722000000200006.

This paper attempts to integrate theoretical and methodological assumptions focusing on the development of early communication. Two theoretical points are highlighted: the temporal dimension of the developmental phenomenon and the nature of the socio-cultural relationships that characterizes the communication system. In addition, some methodological implications are considered. Communication is conceived as a historical and relational or dialogical process. Communicative exchanges create a system of relationships from which new communicative patterns emerge. The methodology used comprises longitudinal video records of the mother-infant exchanges-particularly face-to-face and mother-objet-infant-during the first eight months of the infant’s life. Multiple cases are analyzed. Data analysis from two mother-infant dyads shows moments of quasi-stability and moments of change of the communicative patterns. The history of transformation of these communicative patterns particularizes each mother-infant dyad.

Keywords : Development; early communication; historical system.

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