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Language Terms

Key terms and concepts for the CSET

Child-directed speech or motherese Adult modify their speech to make it esier for children to learn language, including modifying sentences structure, repeating key words, and focusing on present objects or persons.
Fast mapping A process where by young children are able to use context to arrive ast a quick gues of a word's meaning. Nouns (objects) are easier to fast map than vers (actions).
Habituation Infants, and children repeat sound that are reinforced. Children can distinguish abstract rules for sentences structures.
Holophrastic speech A single word that expresses complete thought. These include symbolic gestures, where the child shows an understanding that symbols (words) reprsent a specific object, desire, or event, or representational gestures whcich involve geturin to show what the
Over-regularization In early childhood, children begin to use past tensew and plurals in speech. About this time , they also begin to add regular forms on irregular nouns, saying "foot" instead of"feet".
Private speech Talking out loud to oneself with no communicate with others. This helps children to integrate language and thought.
Telegraphic speech Simplified speech or an early form of speech. This is usually a two-word sentence spoken by a 2 year-old. First sentences consist of just enough words to get the meaning across.
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