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ERIC Number: ED001494
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964
Pages: 28
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THE SOCIAL CONTEXT OF LANGUAGE ACQUISITION.
JOHN, VERA P.
IT WAS SUGGESTED THAT THE CHILD, SURROUNDED BY A SEA OF WORDS, SEQUENTIALLY AND SELECTIVELY ACQUIRES THE NOUNS, VERBS, AND PHRASES OF HIS LANGUAGE AS WELL AS GESTURES, INTONATIONS AND DIALECTS OF THOSE WITH WHOM HE INTERACTS. THE RATE AND BREADTH OF THIS ACQUISITION IS INFLUENCED BY THE NATURE OF HIS VERBAL INTERACTIONS WITH THOSE CHARGED WITH HIS CARE. AS THIS PROCESS UNFOLDS, CERTAIN PREVERBAL EXPERIENCES ARE TRANSFORMED BY LABELING AND CATEGORIZING. THUS LANGUAGE IS A SOCIALLY-CONDITIONED RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE CHILD'S INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL WORLDS, AND ONCE WORDS HAVE BECOME MEDIATORS, THE CHILD CAN EFFECTIVELY CHANGE HIS OWN SOCIAL AND MATERIAL REALITY. THE CLASSROOM TEACHER SHOULD CREATE A VARIETY OF LEARNING CONTEXTS BUILT AROUNG EXPERIENCES OF SIGNIFICANCE TO THE CHILDREN OF SOCIALLY AND CULTURALLY DEPRIVED BACKGROUND. MAJOR CONCERN IS WITH THE HYPOTHESIZED SHIFT FROM THE CHILD'S USE OF WORDS FOR LABELING SPECIFIC AND OFTEN SINGLE REFERENTS, TO HIS USE OF WORDS FOR SIGNIFYING CATEGORIES OF OBJECTS, ACTIONS OR ATTRIBUTES. THE MAJOR DISCUSSION QUESTION INITIALLY POSED WAS--IF SUCH A SHIFT OCCURS, DOES IT VARY FROM ONE SOCIAL CONTEXT TO ANOTHER AND WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF SUCH VARIATION.
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Authoring Institution: New York Medical Coll., NY.
Identifiers: NEW YORK; New York (New York)