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ERIC Number: EJ771149
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 33
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Oral Language Development
Honig, Alice Sterling
Early Child Development and Care, v177 n6-7 p581-613 Aug 2007
Language is a fantastic gift: it empowers humans to create new ways of speaking with, for and to others about any topic or experience. Language is a rule-governed, meaningful communication system. It is a symbol system, where a word or phrase stands for or represents something else that can be touched, thought about, seen, heard, felt, done, imagined, longed for, rejoiced or anguished about. Language can be used for many different goals, among others: to teach, to scold, to encourage, to express affection, to pray; or to deceive, to insult, to explain, to clarify, to declaim poetically, to ask for more information; or to describe a robbery, a soccer game or a love scene. Winston Churchill's magnificent oratorical eloquence was essential to galvanize Britain to withstand the onslaught of Nazi Germany during the Second World War. Other national leaders have used their oratorical powers to incite mobs to riot and kill. This article talks about language beginnings in early communication patterns, and presents five domains of oral language: (1) phonology; (2) syntax; (3) semantics; (4) morphology; and (5) pragmatics. A discussion of how a child acquires ever more subtle, loquacious, and sophisticated oral ability is also presented.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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