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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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Prelinguistic Communication: Grunts as a Gateway to Language

Prelinguistic Communication: Grunts as a Gateway to Language

(p.184) 8 Prelinguistic Communication: Grunts as a Gateway to Language
How Children Learn to Learn Language

Lorraine McCune

Oxford University Press

This chapter evaluates the contribution of prelinguistic communication and the recognition of sound/meaning correspondence, emphasizing the importance of communicative grunts. Topics covered include grunts use in human infants, the origins of communication, grunts and the transition to referential words, the role of gesture, and the increase in overall communicative frequency with communicative grunt onset.

Keywords:   language development, language acquisition, grunting, referential words, gesture

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