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Michael Halliday
Broke down children's early language functions into categories: Interactional; Heuristic; Regulatory, Imaginative; Personal; Representational.
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Lev Vygotsky
Cognitive theorist who emphasized the link between language and thought and the importance of language for imagination.
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Noam Chomksy
Nativist theorist who first suggested the idea of a Language Acquisitions Device.
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Jean Piaget
Psychologist who emphasised the link between linguistic and wider development.
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Jerome Bruner
Social interactionist who believes that an adult’s interaction with a child ‘scaffolds’ their development and who came up with the idea of LASS.
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Eric Lenneberg
Theorist who came up with the idea of the ‘Critical Period’.
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Leslie Rescorla
Suggested the idea of overextension and split it into three separate types: categorical, analogical and mismatch / predicate.
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Katherine Nelson
Categorised children’s early words into four categories: naming, social, interaction and modifying.
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David Rigler
Psychologist who controversially studied and cared for the famous ‘feral child’ Genie.
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Jean Berko
Conducted the ‘wug’ labelling experiment on children in the 1950s.
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Jean Aitcheson
Described three stages of children’s understanding of lexis and semantics: labelling, packaging and network building.
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Roger Brown
Noticed a temporary regression in children’s accurate use of verb tense, suffixes, etc.
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Steven Pinker
Describes a word as a “stretch of sound that expresses a concept”.
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B F Skinner
rPsychologist who applied his theories of behaviorism to linguistic development.
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