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The Development of Communication and Language
The development of communication and language

The story of language development is a saga which has its share of unsolved mysteries and discoveries and, like all good stories, it helps us to understand more about being human. ‘A miracle’ or ‘a mystery’ are words often used about the development of communication and language, mainly because linguists cannot account in full for the speed and the apparent ease with which almost all babies acquire the essential structure of one or more languages in their first three years. In a previous account of early language acquisition (Whitehead, 2004) I referred to ‘The Big Questions’ in order to draw attention to the important questions that this special kind of linguistic study, called psycholinguistics, ...

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