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How Children Learn to Learn Language

Lorraine McCune

Abstract

Studies of language acquisition often assume that children will simply begin to learn language, without questioning what sets the whole process in motion. This book examines the often-neglected topic of how children discover the possibility of language and demonstrates that pre-language development involves a dynamic system of social, cognitive, and vocal variables that come together to enable the transition to referential language. The relationship with a caregiver is integral to this development because language is a system of symbolic communication that can emerge only with children's recog ... More

Keywords: language acquisition, pre-language development, referential language, vocalization, grunt, protoword

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195177879
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195177879.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lorraine McCune, author
Rutgers University