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ERIC Number: ED194926
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Pages: 33
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Metacommunicative Development.
Van Kleeck, Anne; Hopper, Robert
The purpose of this analytical essay is to lay out some conceptual boundaries and distinctions about how children develop and use metacommunication (messages whose primary function is to make reference to or transform themselves or other messages). Two types of metacommunication are discussed: metalinguistic messages, in which there is a temporary shift in awareness from message content to some aspect of the language used to code that content; and framing, which means transforming one kind of event into another kind of event by logical typing. These two domains of metacommunication are analyzed by using examples from the research literature to provide insights about how children develop metacommunicative skills. The discussion of metalinguistic skills focuses on the predictable development of these skills in preoperational and concrete operational children, noting that the transition from the tendency to centrate in the preoperational stage to decentrate in the concrete operational stage is reflected in metalinguistic performance. The discussion of metacommunicative framing skills revolves around the communicative transformation of one kind of event into a related event through levels of abstraction, and delineates seven types of framing, including quoting, procedural, play, humor, deception, argument, and relationship (symmetry and alternation). (RL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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