ERIC Number: ED102829
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Linguistics Play and Language Acquisition. Papers and Reports on Child Language Development, No. 8.
Concomitant with a child's acquisition of phonological, syntactic, and semantic rules of an adult language is the need to learn pragmatic and contextual abilities for proper use of the language. As early language acquisition is closely allied with play, three children aged about 22 to 40 months were observed during play activities to determine their understanding of language and behavior conventions. Joking, deliberate misleading by an adult, scolding, and humor all elicited certain reactions from the children, showing their degrees of comprehension of a situation and their ability to indulge in linguistic play. (CK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Committee on Linguistics.