Reading Questions
    Child Language, Fall 1999 

    Chapter 2 Foundations of early communication


    1. What is the convention for recording the age of a child in research?
    2. What is known about (a) infants' preference for faces and (b) preference for voices?
    3. What is categorical perception?
    4. What is known about the early perception of speech sounds?
    5. Does early speech sound perception appear to be specific to language?
    6. What gives infant behavior a social function?
    7. How does the smiling in sighted and blind babies compare?
    8. What is Newson's maxim?
    9. What are the two big questions about babbling? What are the three positions with regard to answers to these questions?
    10. How do babbling and intonation seem to be related?
    11. How is "intention to communicate" part of the discussion about babbling?
    12. What are secondary intersubjectivity and its related terms?
    13. What behaviors might indicate intention to communicate?
    14. How may the responses of others help children learn to intend?
    15. How does turn-taking seem to develop? Why is it important?