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Child Language Acquisition


Social Interactionalist (Bruner)
Stress role of interaction by others and their input.

Routine/Rituals teach children about spoken discourse structure.
Learning politeness strategies/pragmatics.
Halliday's pragmatic studies.
Jim (Bard and Sachs), was born with deaf parents and was `taught' to speak by
watching television, however his speech…

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Child Language Acquisition

Children acquire language without having an understanding of it, especially in early
`fis' phenomenon suggests children's cognitive understanding can be present but their
physically development sill impacts their ability to use language.

Innateness (Chomsky)
Children have an inborn ability to extract the rules underlying language from…




Great resource - just so you're aware, it's 'interactionist', not 'interactionalist'

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