ERIC Number: ED101566
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Jun
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Panel Discussion: From Babbling to Speech. Papers and Reports on Child Language Development, No. 8.
Stanford Univ., CA. Committee on Linguistics.
This panel discussion seeks to determine the role of babbling and of nonlinguistic behavior in language acquisition. A central question is whether there is a continuity between babbling and speech. The paper presents the views that: the infant's ability to assimilate and adapt to his environment antedates the maturation of his visual and auditory systems; generalization in infant cognitive behavior takes place before symbolization; babbling is systematic and reflects phonetic preferences found in later speech; from the physiological point of view babbling is an integral part of speech acquisition. The panel concludes that: a definition of terms is necessary; the variance between child and adult speech presents a special problem; neurological studies are relevant to language acquisition; there is a continuity between babbling and speech; and further research is needed. (AM)
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Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Committee on Linguistics.