The development of language in the early months of life

Magagna, Jeanne (2013) The development of language in the early months of life. Infant Observation: The International Journal of Infant Observation and Its Applications, 16 (2). pp. 112-129. ISSN 1369-8036

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This paper explores the nature and quality of the very early relationship between parents and their babies and the relational precursors of language development. Babies are understood to listen to and recognise parent’s voices during the later months of pregnancy. This paper discusses factors in normal and delayed language development and, uses illustrations from observations of 2 infants aged between 1 and 18 months and their relationships with their parents. The focus of these illustrations is a comparison of facilitative and impeding factors in the development of life of the mind, symbolic functioning and the relationship with subsequent language development.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online: 20 Jun 2013
Uncontrolled Keywords: Language Development, Pregnancy, Mind, Life Stages, Symbolic Functioning, Infant Development
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Child Development
Communication (incl. disorders of) > Language
Department/People: Visiting Lecturer

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