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Title: Understanding Holophrastic Speech Beyond Verbal Utterances
Authors: Listyani
Keywords: holophrases;children
Issue Date: Jan-2008
Publisher: Faculty of Language and Literature, Satya Wacana Christian University
Abstract: One interesting phenomenon of the child language is that it, all over the world, goes through processes which are universal, meaning that all normal children in the whole world undergo the same processes in acquiring language. In other words, the development of child language acquisition can be considered universal. This paper will analyze children's holophrases - sentences expressed in one word - which can be noticed starting at the age of around one year or later. One main question will be answered in this paper, that is, how caretakers - parents, nannies, or anyone taking care of the children - can astonishingly understand children's intended speech spoken during this holophrastic stage, and they can even repeat the intended speech in full sentences for the children without any misunderstanding. As the main subjectto get the data, I had some observation on my niece, Esther (not the real name), who was 2.3 years old (28 months), at the time the research was done, and still produced holophrases which were well understood by her parents.
Description: English.Edu, Vol. 8, No. 1, January 2008, p. 10-19
ISSN: 1412-5161
Appears in Collections:English.Edu 2008 Vol. 8 No. 1 January

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