The Two Word Stage

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1. What comes before the 2 word stage?( put in context) Analyse the holophrases in the data and suggest how they could mean more than one thing 2. What word classes are dominant?
3. How Roger Brown's research (10 meaning relations) is a way of showing the grammatical awareness small children have ( try to find 6 examples of his 10 from the data) 4. How pivot and open is another method

5. What conclusion can be drawn from the one word and three word examples in the data? Are the stages rigid or perfect? 6. What is the child beginning to use?

These are extracts are from the two word stage, yet there are also remaining examples of the previous stage; the holophrastic stage. Words such as ‘door’ can be interpreted in several different contexts; for example, it could be an interrogative, asking if the door can be opened, an imperative demanding someone to open the door or a declarative stating what the door is. Children use holophrases such as ‘door’ to convey larger meanings, and we cannot decipher their intended meaning without contextual information, or other features such as facial expression, gestures or intonation to indicate the purpose of the holophrases. The main word classes used are nouns, particularly referrals to everyday objects that children encounter regularly, such as ‘car’ and ‘dollie’, and family terms such as ‘Mummy’; these will be important words within a child’s vocabulary as they will be learning to describe the world around them and things they see.
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