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The Role of Affect in Language Development

Shanker, Stuart G and Greenspan, Stanley I (2005) The Role of Affect in Language Development. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 20 (3). pp. 329-343. ISSN 2171-679X

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This paper presents the Functional/Emotional approach to language development, which explains the process leading up to the core capacities necessary for language (e.g., pattern-recognition, joint attention); shows how this process leads to the formation of internal symbols; and how it shapes and is shaped by the child’s development of language. The heart of this approach is that, through a series of affective transfor-mations, a child develops these core capacities and the capacity to form meaningful symbols. Far from being a sudden jump, the transition from pre-symbolic communication to language is enabled by the advances taking place in the child’s affective gesturing.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Shanker, Stuart
Greenspan, Stanley
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: Functional/Emotional hypothesis; affective transformations; usage-based linguistics; pattern-recognition; joint attention; learning-based interactions; nativism; autism
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Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2014 17:34
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2014 17:34
Item ID: 10474
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
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Date: September 2005
Page Range: pp. 329-343
Volume: 20
Number: 3
ISSN: 2171-679X

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