Aspects of Language Development Analysis

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INTRODUCTION With regards to the knowledge the researchers have acquired throughout the study of developmental psychology is that, development of an individual happens gradually and that from the time a baby is born up until they can distinguish between different life processes in their surroundings and the feelings of those around them (especially the mother). They tend to acquire communication skills which go hand in hand with emotions they would be experiencing at that particular time, and in this way, they already know which emotion or action corresponds with which word they utter. At this stage, the child can distinguish between productive language acquisition and just saying things repeatedly. This assignment contains the different characteristics of how children acquire language skills, how parents and caregivers play a role in helping the child to construct sentences and put words to meaning and lastly, factors influencing language acquisition. The assignment is a qualitative research method as we will be using words to explain our findings. Language is words which are basically units of words and they are called phonemes, and phonemes combine words (Watts, Cockcroft & Duncan, 2009). ASPECTS OF LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT There are aspects which play a crucial role in developing and understanding a child’s language skills. During early childhood Receptive Language (the child understands the spoken or written words) as well as Productive Language (this indicates what the child says or what she later writes) According to (Steinberg, Bornstein, Vandell & Rook, 2011) Language is the way of communicating in everyday life situations and it depends on perceptual, cognitive, and social development, it involves many corresponding l... ... middle of paper ... ...lescence: a psychology of the growing person. 5th ed. USA: Random House Publishers. Cochrane, M. M. (1997). A comparison of group day and family child rearing patterns. Sweden. Devies, C. Child development (2011). A practitioner’s Guide (3rd edition). New York, USA: Guilford Press Louw, D & Louw A. (2007). Child and adolescent development. Bloemfontein: University of Free State. Macaulay, R. (1978). The myth superiority in language. Journal of child language 5:353-363 McCandless, B. R. & Evans, D. E. (1973). Children and youth: psychosocial development. 2nd ed. Hinsdale, IL: Dryden Press Skinner, B. F. (2003). Behavioralism. Retrieved from http//www.3.niu.edu/acad/psych/millis/history/2003/cogrev_Skinner.htm. Steinberg, L. et al. Lifespan (2011). Development’s infancy through adulthood (7th edition). USA: Wardsworth
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