Why Do Children Talk?

  • Mardel Ogilvie
Part of the Cognition and Language: A Series in Psycholinguistics book series (CALS)


Obviously school-age children do not acquire speech and language in a vacuum but rather in the context of the total communicative situation. This situation involves: (1) the children, their friends, classmates, parents, and teachers; (2) the inherent functions of the communicative act including intent; (3) the interests and knowledge of the participants; and (4) the setting. This paper is concerned primarily with the various functions of the communicative act.


Hearing Research Syntactical Aspect Videotape Interaction Child Talk Inherent Function 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mardel Ogilvie
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  1. 1.Department of Speech and TheaterHerbert H. Lehman College of the City University of New YorkUSA

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