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Development of Communicative Competence Lecture Notes

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Development of Communicative Competence
From→ phonology, morphology, and syntax
Content→ semantics and vocabulary
Use→ pragmatics (most important)
Objectives:
- Describe the components of children’s pragmatic development
- Discuss how language differences interact with language disorders
- Describe various influences on the development of communicative competence
Communicative Competence
- Learning how to make language work in interactions with families,peers, teachers and others
- Whether language is appropriate depends on how it is used in particular contexts
- Culturally-significant Routines
- Pragmatics
- Communicative intents→ using language to label, comment, ask questions
- Discourse knowledge→ changing of conversation, reading, writing
- Sociolinguistic knowledge→ adjusting language for different contexts
Language in Social Context
- Egocentrism
- Jean Piaget: the inability to take another person’s point of view, or recognize that others
have different knowledge, thoughts, feelings, and perceptions
- Piaget argued that young children think and act more egocentrically than adults (up to the
age of 5)
- Referential communication
- Children may take into account the listener's point of view and alter their language
accordingly
- Reason: adults scaffold that sense of taking others into account
- Requests
- Comprehension→ understand much more than they can speak
- Production→ limited compared to comprehension
- Conversation Skills
- Initiation
- Taking turns
- Staying on topic
- Cohesive devices
- “And then...” → good marker of communication skills
Development of conversational Skills (Repairing Miscommunication)
- Developmental Progression
- Repairs become more verbal
- How children repair changes
- 1 ½-3 yrs - repeat the message
- 3-5 yrs - revise the message

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Development of Communicative Competence From→ phonology, morphology, and syntax Content→ semantics and vocabulary Use→ pragmatics (most important) Objectives: - Describe the components of children’s pragmatic development - Discuss how language differences interact with language disorders - Describe various influences on the development of communicative competence Communicative Competence - Learning how to make language work in interactions with families,peers, teachers and others - Whether language is appropriate depends on how it is used in particular contexts - Culturally-significant ...
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