Developmental Psychology provides student readers with essential help in all aspects of their first course in developmental psychology, including advice on revising exams, preparing and writing course assessment materials, and enhancing and progressing their knowledge and skills in line with course requirements on a developmental psychology course.

Language Development

Language development

Core Areas

  • Babbling
  • Bruner's theory of language development
  • Chomsky's nativist theory of language development
  • Holophrastic stage
  • Prelinguistic stage
  • Preschool stage
  • Skinner's learning theory of language development
  • Stages of babbling
  • Stages of development
  • Styles of language development
  • Telegraphic stage

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this section you should be able to:

  • outline the four stages of language development including the stages of babbling;
  • describe and evaluate the explanations offered for the development of language, including nature and nurture theories and those of the interactionists (Chomsky, Skinner and Bruner respectively);
  • be able to outline the styles of language development;
  • thus understand the work of the key thinkers in these areas.

Running Themes

  • Behaviourism
  • Cognitive developmental viewpoint
  • Dynamic systems approach
  • Information processing approach
  • Nature
  • Nurture
  • Stage theory of development
  • Transformational change
  • Variational change


Language development involves both the understanding and expression of language. D.A. Shaffer (1993) proposes that children need four ...

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