Into the Mother Tongue

Into the Mother Tongue

by Clare Painter


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This book offers a systematic linguistic critique of language development studies since the 1960s. It uses systemic theory to explain and interpret the development of child language, with discussions and illustrative texts to explicate the analysis. Painter provides a rich source of data for child language researchers in all fields, and aims to make a systematic theory more accessible to those interested in the ideas put forward by M.A.K. Halliday in his writings on language development.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781474246583
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 12/17/2015
Series: Linguistics: Bloomsbury Academic Collections
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.33(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Clare Painter is an Honorary Associate in Linguistics at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Table of Contents

Foreword M.A.K. Halliday
1 Developmental Research Since the 1960s: Non-Systemic Approaches
2 Systemic Theory
3 Data
4 The Protolanguage
5 Into Phase II: From Protolanguage to Transition
6 Eighteen to Nineteen and A Half Months
7 Nineteen and A Half Month to Twenty-One Months
8 Twenty-One to Twenty-Two and A Half Months
9 Twenty-Two and A Half to Twenty-Four Months
10 Concluding Summary
Appendix: Selected Developments, 24-27 Months

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