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Language Development


by Susan M. Ervin & Wick R. Miller - 1963

The most important contribution that modem linguistics has brought to child language studies is its conception of what a language is. A language is a system that can be described internally in terms of two primary parts or levels—the phonological (sound system) and the grammatical. A complete description of a language would include an account of all possible phonological sequences and also a set of rules by which we can predict all the possible sentences in that language.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 62, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 64 Number 9, 1963, p. 108-143
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19769, Date Accessed: 1/18/2020 3:06:15 PM

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  • Susan Ervin
    University of California, Berkeley
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    SUSAN M. ERVIN is an Assistant Professor at the Speech Department and Center for Human Learning at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Wick Miller
    University of California, Berkeley
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    WICK R. MILLER is an Assistant Research Linguist at the Speech Department and Center for Human Learning at the University of California, Berkeley.
 
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