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Early communication
Early communication
This chapter will:
  • Discuss the early communication of very young babies
  • Examine the role of parents in their child’s early communication
  • Consider the importance of attachment and emotional well-being

The study of how children develop language is complex and it wasn’t until the work of Brown and Hanlon (1970) and Chomsky (2003) that research demonstrated a rigorous and thorough understanding of the subject. Chomsky firmly believed that much of a child’s language is genetically determined. He was of the opinion that language is acquired as opposed to something which is learned. There are many who would dispute this opinion when it comes down to the nature–nurture debate. What is it that makes a child an English speaker as opposed to a Chinese speaker; what is ...

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