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Learning Through Language in Early Childhood
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Learning Through Language in Early Childhood (Paperback)

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Language is a child's major tool for learning about the world. Through the taken-for-granted interactions of everyday conversation, a child not only learns the mother tongue, but uses it as a resource for thinking and reasoning. This book presents a rich naturalistic case study of one child's use of language from two-and-a-half to five years, drawing on systemic functional theory to argue that cognitive development is essentially a linguistic process and offering a new description and interpretation of linguistic and cognitive developments during this period. The case study examines the child's changing language in terms of its role in interpreting four key domains of experience - the world of things, the world of events, the world of semiosis (including the inner world of cognition) and the construal of cause and effect. It shows how new linguistic possibilities constitute developments in cognitive resources and prepare the child for later learning in school. The book extends M. A. K.

Halliday's theory of language development from the earlier studies of protolanguage and initial grammar, and will be of interest to researchers across a range of disciplines, including systemic functional theory, child language, developmental psychology and educational linguistics.

Languages with Grant & CutlerLinguisticsPsycholinguisticsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPsychologyChild & developmental psychologyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPsychologyPsychological theory & schools of thoughtCognitivism, cognitive theoryPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsAge groupsAge groups: children Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 01/03/2005 ISBN-13: 9780826478726  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Clare Painter studied linguistics with M. A. K. Halliday and J. R. Martin at the University of Sydney. She is Senior Lecturer in the School of English at the University of New South Wales.

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