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Language Development in the Pre-School Years : Language at Home and at School - Gordon Wells

Language Development in the Pre-School Years

Language at Home and at School

Paperback Published: 20th May 1985
ISBN: 9780521319058
Number Of Pages: 492

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After more than a decade of research the Bristol Study of Language Development has now assembled a corpus of data on the language development of children aged one to five years that is representative both in terms of the sample of children studied and of the situations in which their spontaneous speech was recorded. In this book Gordon Wells, who directed the project, presents a detailed account of the common sequence of development that was observed, specifying the ages at which linguistic categories emerged and the frequencies with which they were used at successive ages. The data have been rigorously analysed and the book also advances possible explanations for the developmental sequence identified. Variations within the overall pattern did of course occur and some of the more salient aspects are also discussed. The latter part of the book discusses the influence of environmental factors and in particular the role of adults in facilitating language development.

Setting up the research
Describing child speech in its conversational context
Some general characteristics of the data from the naturalisitic observations
The sequence of emergence of certain semantic and pragmatic systems
The sequence of emergence: syntax and its relationship with other levels of analysis
The pattern of development over time
The children and their families
Variation in language development
the role of the input in language development
Learning through interaction
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ISBN: 9780521319058
ISBN-10: 0521319056
Series: Language at Home and at School
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 492
Published: 20th May 1985
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.79
Weight (kg): 0.62

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