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Exploring the Interactional Instinct

Anna Dina L. Joaquin and John H. Schumann


In 2009, Oxford University Press published The Interactional Instinct. This book argued that the ubiquitous acquisition of language by all normal children was the result of a biologically based drive for infants and children to attach, bond, and affiliate with conspecifics in an attempt to become like them. This instinct leads children to seek out verbal interaction with caregivers and allows them to become competent language speakers. Exploring the Interactional Instinct expands the theory by examining interaction in second language acquisition, in different cultures, in different species, in ... More

Keywords: interactional instinct, language acquisition, interaction, second language acquisition, literacy, schizophrenia, infant-caregiver interaction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199927005
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199927005.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna Dina L. Joaquin, editor
California State University, Northridge

John H. Schumann, editor