Language Development


The basics of child language from birth until 1 year
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Language Development
  1. Pre-birth
    1. baby is used to sound, rhythm and intonation of native language
      1. recognizes mothers voice
        1. generally recognizes native language
        2. 1 day old
          1. at birth, baby will immediately turn towards the sound of their mothers voice
            1. knows mothers voice
            2. 4 days old
              1. Jacques Mehler (1988)
                1. reseach him!
              2. Two weeks old
                1. the child can begin to distinguish between human and non-human sounds
                  1. caretakers will instinctively encourage patterns of conversations
                    1. leaving pauses, using question structures frequently, including baby sounds as dialogue
                    2. turn taking patterns
                    3. 0-2 months
                      1. controlling air flow
                        1. babies gradually gain control over their air flow in order to make noises linked with basic physical conditions
                        2. at 6 weeks the voicebox remains disengaged to allow breathing whilst feeding
                          1. by 3 months the voicebox is fixed
                            1. crying is the child's primary means of communication
                              1. cries are universally recognized
                            2. 6-8 weeks
                              1. cooing, gurgling, mewing, velar sounds, vowels, interative dialogue
                                1. sounds such as "coo", "goo" & "gaa gaa" begin to appear indicating the child is gaining control over their vocal chords & articulars
                                  1. no recognizable patterns
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