Child's Talk: Learning to Use Language

  title={Child's Talk: Learning to Use Language},
  author={J. Bruner},
  journal={Child Language Teaching and Therapy},
  pages={111 - 114}
  • J. Bruner
  • Published 1983
  • Psychology
  • Child Language Teaching and Therapy
To carry out his investigations, Bruner went to "the clutter of life at home," the child's own setting for learning, rather than observing children in a "contrived video laboratory." For Bruner, language is learned by using it. An central to its use are what he calls "formats," scriptlike interactions between mother and child in short, play and games. What goes on in games as rudimentary as peekaboo or hide-and-seek can tell us much about language acquisition.But what aids the aspirant speaker… Expand
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