Ch. 7 Part 2 - Language Development Before the First Words...

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Language Development
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Before the First Words Cries, burps, grunts and sneezes help exercise vocal cords Parents give feedback as if the infant were speaking, helping them acquire normal communications skills cooing appears around 8 weeks of age and involves repetitive vowel-like sounds such as “ooooohhh” and “aaaaahh”. Cooing usually expresses contentment
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Babbling Appears around 4 months Infant repeats consonant-vowel - combinations such as “baba” or “dadada” Babbles can take on a marked accent Researchers can distinguish which language a baby has been exposed to simply by listening to recordings of their babble.
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Toward Speaking Comprehension precedes production. Commands like “get the ball” are successfully interpreted by context cues before there is any true understanding of word meaning (?) Shortly before the first birthday, most infants begin to understand familiar words such as the names of family pets
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First Words Holophrases : The infants use of a single word to convey an entire sentence. A 17-month-old may use the holophrase “ghetti” (spaghetti) in different ways Point to pan on stove to ask mother “Is that spaghetti?” When shown a plate of spaghetti to identify the
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This note was uploaded on 03/22/2010 for the course PSYC 1101 taught by Professor Crystal during the Spring '08 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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Ch. 7 Part 2 - Language Development Before the First Words...

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