The telegraphic stage

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  • Created on: 14-12-20 15:16
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  • The Telegraphic Stage
    • Once a child begins to combine three or more words they can achieve more explicit meanings.
    • The style is quite like that of a telegram in that less essential (function words) are left out an the essential content words are kept.
    • Typical errors of the telegraphic stage
      • Children mix up subject and object pronouns
        • Not really a virtuous error
        • Ursula Bellugi found they go through three stages:
          • 1. Use Names rather than pronouns "Katherine want sweeties"
          • 2. Mix up subject and object pronouns "Me want sweeties"
          • 3. Use subject and object pronouns correctly "I want sweeties"
    • Acquisition of Inflections
      • Brown (1973) studied children's language development between the ages of twenty and thirty-six months and found the sequence shown below occurred regularly.
      • The children all acquired inflections in the same order
        • 'ing'- "playing teddy"
        • Plural 's'- "two cows"
        • Possessive 's'- "the cow's field'
        • Past tense 'ed'- "I putted" (Virtuous error)
        • Third person singular verb ending 's'- "she sings"


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