The Development of Metalinguistic Abilities in Children by David T. HakesThe Development of Metalinguistic Abilities in Children by David T. Hakes

The Development of Metalinguistic Abilities in Children

byDavid T. HakesEditorJudith S. Evans, William Tunmer

Paperback | November 15, 2011

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Not very many years ago, it was common for language researchers and theorists to argue that language development was somehow special and separate from other aspects of development. It was a period when the "1 ittle 1 inguist" view of language development was common, and much discussion was devoted to develop­ mental "linguistic universals," in contrast to more broadly defined cognitive universals. It seemed to me at the time (and still does) that such views reflected more their promulgators' ignorance of those aspects of cognitive development most likely to provide illuminating parallels with language development than they did the true developmental state of affairs. Coming from a neo-Piagetian frame of reference, it seemed to me that there were striking parallels be­ tween the development of children's language comprehension abilities and the cognitive developmental changes occurring contemporaneously, largely during the period Piaget characterized as the preoperational stage. And, though more difficult to see even now, there appeared also to be developmentally earlier parallels during the sensory-motor stage.
Title:The Development of Metalinguistic Abilities in ChildrenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:120 pages, 22.9 × 15.2 × 0.01 inPublished:November 15, 2011Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction.- 1.1 Recent Trends in Research on Linguistic Development.- 1.2 Relationships Between Linguistic and Cognitive Development.- 1.2.1 The Sensory-Motor Period.- 1.2.2 The Preoperational Period.- 1.2.3 The Transition from Preoperations to Concrete Operations.- 2 The Nature and Development of Metalinguistic Abilities.- 2.1 The Development of Metalinguistic Abilities.- 2.2 Relationships Between Metalinguistic and Cognitive Developments.- 3 A Study of Children's Metalinguistic Abilities: Method.- 3.1 Tasks and Materials.- 3.1.1 Conservation.- 3.1.2 Synonymy.- Active, Passive, and Cleft Sentences.- Locative Existential Sentences.- Temporal Relations Sentences.- Spatial Relations Sentences.- Size and Amount Sentences.- The Synonymy Task.- 3.1.3 Comprehension.- The Comprehension Task.- 3.1.4 Acceptability.- Word-Order Changes.- Violations of Strict Subcategorization Rules.- Violations of Selectional Restrictions.- Indeterminates, Indefinites, and Negation.- Inalienable Possession.- Meaningful False Sentences.- The Acceptability Task.- 3.1.5 Phonemic Segmentation.- 3.2 Subjects.- 3.3 Procedure.- 4 A Study of Children's Metalinguistic Abilities: Results and Discussion.- 4.1 Conservation.- 4.2 Comprehension.- 4.3 Synonymy.- 4.4 Acceptability.- 4.5 Segmentation.- 4.6 Relationships Among the Tasks.- 5 Reflections on Reflecting on Language.- References.