Language development in early childhood

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One of the most exciting aspects of working with young children is watching them grow from newborns who communicate through crying and cooing, to confident young speakers who use language to represent their experiences, to establish relationships with others and to play with the language system itself. For centuries people have been fascinated by how children learn to talk. In this chapter we will explore the processes involved in learning to talk, and the central role which caregivers play in fostering children’s language development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChild development and teaching young children
Place of PublicationSouthbank, Vic.
PublisherThomson Education
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9780170127325
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • language development
  • early childhood education
  • language learning


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