The Development of Communication: From Social Interaction to Language

The Development of Communication: From Social Interaction to Language


By (author) David J. Messer

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 220 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 235mm x 24mm | 660g
  • Publication date: 1 May 1994
  • Publication City/Country: Chichester
  • ISBN 10: 0471940763
  • ISBN 13: 9780471940760

Product description

Provides an idea of various traditions and areas of study impinging on the development of communication from birth to about three years. Stresses the importance of social processes in communication development. Outlines diverse theoretical positions by important authorities in the field. Examines how children identify the referent of adult speech and the features of interaction associated with the acquisition of larger vocabularies by two-year olds. Discusses issues pertaining to the use of one-word speech, lexical development, definitions of language, effect of the modifications of adults' speech on language acquisition and communication development in children with disabilities.

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Table of contents

The Beginnings of Social Behaviour and Communication; Theories About the Development of Communication; Taking Part in Social Interaction; Taking Interaction Further; Getting Ready to Use Words; Theories About Words and Concepts; Meaning and Starting to Use Words; Understanding New Words: Constraints and Grammar; Words and the Beginnings of Language; Grammar and its Beginnings: A Linguistic View; Applying PPT to Language Acquisition; Explanations About Starting to Use Speech; Connectionist Models; Speech to Children; Sensory Deprivation and the Development of Communication; Developmental Disabilities and Language Acquisition.