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How Children Learn to Learn Language$
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Lorraine McCune

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195177879

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195177879.001.0001

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Representational Play and Language

Representational Play and Language

(p.129) 6 Representational Play and Language
How Children Learn to Learn Language

Lorraine McCune

Oxford University Press

This chapter evaluates developments in representational play as control parameters for sequential phase shifts in language. Topics covered include the development of representational play, combinatorial ability in play and language, and representational play and mother-infant intersubjectivity. It is argued that a child's developing consciousness of distinctions between self and other is the primary motive for representational development.

Keywords:   language acquisition, language development, mother-infant intesubjectivity, self and other

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