Deaf children, Language awareness, Language awareness in children, Learning disabled children, Teenagers
Various researchers have viewed metalinguistics as the ability to consciously reflect upon language (Van Kleeck 1984a; Franklin 1979; Cazden 1975; Dale 1976). Prior to schooling, children use language as a means of functional communication through developing an interaction with the environment. They are aware of the content of their messages but not the language they are using to communicate their ideas. The emergence of language is developed primarily through concrete operations according to Van Kleeck (1984a). However, Allan (1982) states that when children enter school and begin to read, metalinguistics is emphasized and the language evolves from an unconscious, experimental use to a conscious, metalinguistic use.
There is a growing interest among researchers in the study of metalinguistics. Smith and Flusberg (1982) employed judgment tasks to look at how the child attends to certain properties of language. This behavior is particularly important when studying the semantic, syntactic and pragmatic development of children.
Hedrick, Dona Lea
Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Health
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Reynolds, Julia W., "Comparison of Performance of Adolescent Hearing and Hearing-Impaired Children on Metalinguistic Tasks" (1987). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 5023.
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