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By: Cecilia M. Shore

In: Individual Differences in Language Development

Chapter 3: Are There Styles of Language Development?

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Are There Styles of Language Development?
Are there styles of language development?

In the previous chapter, I described differences in the way that young children approach different aspects of language: semantics/vocabulary, grammar, phonology, and pragmatics. As I noted at the beginning of that chapter, researchers often suggest that a child's strategy in one aspect of language (e.g., lexical development) is paralleled in, for example, phonological development. When there are such linkages or similarities of approach in different areas, researchers begin to speak of different “styles” of language development. This term, style of development, has important implications. Instead of a stylistic pattern, the differences we observe could be separate, isolated dimensions of difference. They could be developmental differences rather than stylistic ones. In this chapter, I explore ...

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