Development Theory – Child Directed Speech

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Child Directed Speech
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the language used by parents and cares towards children and the features of this language help children to acquire language.
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child directed speech – characteristics
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– simplified vocabulary helps establish key words. – more pronounced intonation draws attention to key morphemes and lexis. – tag questions used to imitate turn-taking. – actions accompanying speech e.g. pointing, shrugging. – lip and mouth movements help children to copy.
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child directed speech – criticisms
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– children out of the holophrastic stage who’s mother’s corrected them advanced more slowly than the mothers who were accepting. – children tend to maintain that they are right e.g. “fis” meaning “fish”, however “fish is wrong.
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child directed speech – positives
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– children who’s mother talk more had much larger vocabularies than though who don’t. – parents often respond to the meaning/truth rather than the grammatical correctness.

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