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: Paperback | 220 pages
  • Publication date: 1 February 1995
  • Publication City/Country: Chichester
  • ISBN 10: 0471944211
  • ISBN 13: 9780471944218

Product description

This is an advanced text on communication development in the first two to three years of life. The author argues that pre-verbal social interaction provides an important impetus towards language. Many other themes and arguments are presented to provoke discussion and thought.

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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.