Cognitive Development: Language Development

To prepare for this Discussion:
Review the Learning Tools from this week.
Talk with an older toddler or preschooler.  What does the child say?
Record what he/she says word for word.
Listen for key information: How does the child say it? What kinds of mistakes does the child make? Did you hear any protowords, holophrases, telegraphic speech, overextensions or underextensions or other distinctive features of child language development ?  For example,  saying “amn’t” for “am not.” In the English language, other words like this are frequently joined (don’t, wasn’t, etc.). When viewed in this light, you can clearly see how a child might try and apply a rule that works in similar situations to a combination of words for which the rule does not apply.
With these thoughts in mind:
responses to the following:
Describe the results of your interview (interviewing a child).
What did you notice?.  Try to link up what you heard with specific features of the language of young children.
Did the child make any “mistakes”? If so, where do you think those “mistakes” come from?
Research has clearly shown that language skill and ability is related to school achievement (particularly literacy acquisition). What should be a parent or caregivers role in encouraging a child’s language development? Should a parent correct a child’s language? Should children be taught to speak properly?
Support your postings and responses with specific citations (including page numbers) and references from the Learning Tools.

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