An Introduction to Language and Society by Martin Montgomery

By Martin Montgomery

An advent to Language and Society explores how our methods of seeing and interesting with the area could be formed by means of the types, structures and styles of language. This moment version comprises new fabric on gender, sign up, the speech group, language and subcultures, and language and illustration.

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In the case of the transition from the protolanguage to the adult system the shift seems to be motivated in part by the communication situation itself—by the fact that the child’s interlocutors don’t actually speak his/her language, even though they may understand it. Just as important, however, is the basic nature of the protolinguistic system itself. While the child remains within it—with its basic principle of one sound, one meaning—s/he is committed to coining a new expression for every new meaning s/he wants to convey.

They do, however, constitute a new departure for the child, who now begins to assimilate expressions ready-made from the speech < previous page page_12 next page > < previous page page_13 next page > Page 13 of those around him/her, instead of making up protoforms afresh as s/he goes along. The protolanguage, with its gradually developing functional potential, has provided an important platform for the subsequent projection into the adult system. But as long as those around the child can make sense of what s/he is saying, why should it be necessary for him/her to make the transition into the adult system at all?

M. ) (1969) Determinants of Infant Behaviour, IV, London: Methuen. K. (1975) Learning How to Mean, London: Edward Arnold. This interesting and highly influential account of early language development shows the foundation of the child’s linguistic system < previous page page_23 next page > < previous page page_24 next page > Page 24 being established before the child can actually communicate in words. Early developments in syntax Key sources for the discussion of syntactic development during the two-word phase are: Bloom, L.

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