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1. What is meant by the imaginative stage identified by Halliday

  • that children use language to express feelings, and express growing perceptions of the self
  • that children use language to cross the boundary between reality and fantasty
  • that children use language to communicate factual information
  • that language is used to control the actions of others
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2. What did the behaviourist Skinner say?

  • Langyage development goes hand in hand with the development of thinking and knowledge (cognitive development).
  • Children learn to speak by imitating their parents and being rewarded or punished according to the accuracy of their utterances
  • Language is social 'children learn to use language initially... to get what they want, to play games, to stay connected to those whom are dependent.
  • When children hear examples or language they fit these into their (unconscious) mental model of how language works.

3. What are the four developmental stages of spelling identified by Gentry?

  • conventional letters, invented spelling, appropriate spelling, correct spelling
  • pre phonemic, semiphonetic, phonetic, transitional
  • prepatory stage, consolidation stage, differentiation stage, integration stage
  • observation, comment, narrative, report

4. What are the four stages of speech?

  • holophrastic stage, two word stage, telegraphic stage, post telegraphic stage
  • The sight voabulary/whole word stage, discrimination net stage, the phonological recoding stage, the orthographic stage
  • pre phonemic, semiphonetic, phonetic, transitional
  • repeated epithet, assonance, aphorism/proverb, epithet as metaphor

5. What is Berko & Brown's fis phenomenon?

  • The view that the comprehension of phonological patterns and the meanings they represent develop faster than the childs ability to say them
  • using language to indicate a need they want satisfying.
  • the theory that children whose mothers talk to them more have larger vocabularies
  • the theory that parents often respond to the truth in what their child is saying rather than correcting their grammatical mistakes


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