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By: Cecilia M. Shore

In: Individual Differences in Language Development

Chapter 1: Introduction: The Importance of Differences in Language Development

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Introduction: The Importance of Differences in Language Development
Introduction: The importance of differences in language development

In most textbook accounts, language development is described as proceeding from first words near the first birthday, to brief phrases about 6 months later, and then to more elaborated sentences in the third year, with the whole process of basic linguistic development complete by the age of 5 or so.1 The premise of this book is that this sequence, in which words are being arranged into more and more elaborate sentences, like building blocks into towers, applies only to some children. Others seem to proceed in almost the opposite fashion—beginning with complex phrases that they then unpack or pull apart like pop beads. In other words, all children do not ...

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