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Development of Communication in Children

Communication is defined as an exchange of information in humans. In this entry, the development of communication in typically developing children is investigated. The definition of language is discussed extensively, followed by theoretical frameworks for typical language acquisition. Finally, the time course for development of communication skills, particularly in the first year of life, is reviewed, with the understanding that there is variation among individual children.

Definition of Language

In humans, communication involves language. The definition of language can vary, depending on one’s frame of reference. For example, linguists define language as a set of symbols and codes used for purposes of communication, whereas behaviorists define language as a form of social behavior maintained by a community. Within this text, language is defined as an arbitrary system ...

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