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ERIC Number: ED048279
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 116
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The Child's Development of Communication as Rhetoric.
Butt, David Edward
In this study, features of the child's development of language were described in terms of rhetorical communication--i.e., the child's development of language (inventio), his use of conceptual schemes to elaborate and unify utterance (dispositio), and his acquisition of an abstract communicative perspective permitting him to use language selectively in situations of influence (elocutio). After existing research and theory in the field of communication and language development had been synthesized and interpreted according to the classical conception of rhetoric, some propositions were made concerning the biological and cultural factors influencing the child's use of rhetorical communication. It was generalized that readiness for rhetorical communication was preceded by the child's (1) learning which priorities for reinforcement and stimulation operated in his family, (2) acquiring and using language in his thinking and communicating, (3) differentiating uses for language as he performs certain assigned roles, (4) using verbal concepts to elaborate and organize his thinking and communicating, (5) perceiving himself symbolically in relation to those with whom he communicates, and (6) acquiring role-taking abilities which can be adapted to situations of influence through communication. (Author/JM)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The Pennsylvania State University