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A Functional Approach to Child Language : A Study of Determiners and Reference - Annette Karmiloff-Smith

A Functional Approach to Child Language

A Study of Determiners and Reference

Paperback Published: 28th September 1981
ISBN: 9780521285490
Number Of Pages: 268

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When "A Functional Approach to Child Language" first appeared in hard covers in 1979, it was quickly recognized as a research report of the first rank and a timely, critical exposition of Piaget's views on language and thought. Whilst accepting the fundamental importance of Piaget's epistemology, the author argues that language acquisition will only be adequately explained if such an epistemology is explicitly focussed on children's constructive interaction with their linguistic environment.

In her own experimental work on referential expressions, Dr. Karmiloff-Smith is concerned with the problem of ad-hoc experiment-generated behaviour and the analysis of children's normal language procedures. The results are carefully analysed and have significant theoretical implications. The volume as a whole makes a substantial contribution to child language studies and will be of interest to students of linguistics and of development and experimental psychology, and to those following advanced courses in language acquisition and child development.

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' ... a thought provoking book which raises several critical issues about the methodology and findings of research into linguistic and cognitive development ... I am sure many will wish to study this book which should be essential reading for those researching into linguistic development.' British Journal of Psychology

The place of language in child development
Determiners and reference
Introduction to the data
Production experiments: deictic, exophoric and quantifier functions of determiners
Production experiments: anaphoric function
Production experiments: gender-indicating function of determiners
Comprehension experiments: deictic, exophoric and quantifier functions of determiners
Comprehension experiments: anaphoric function of determiners
Synthesis of the child's acquisition of the plurifunctionality of determiners
General implications for language acquisition and child development
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ISBN: 9780521285490
ISBN-10: 0521285496
Series: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 28th September 1981
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.55  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.4

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