Why Do Children Talk?
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.
KeywordsHearing Research Syntactical Aspect Videotape Interaction Child Talk Inherent Function
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