Pragmatic Development by Anato Ninio and Catherine Reviewed by Masahiko Minami

Boulder, Co: Westview
1996 unpublished
Many language rules that children learn from early childhood are inseparable from social conventions. Even in the first year of life, a baby learns the rules of turn-taking through interactions with his or her mother: The mother says something , then the baby vocalizes, then the mother speaks again, and again the baby vocalizes. Over the years the child gradually learns a variety of conversational skills, such as opening and shifting topics, holding the floor, distributing turns of talk. As its
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