The Function of Imitation in Child Language The use and function of imitation were examined for seven children in the early syntactic period of language acquisition. The use of imitation was determined by the percent of syntactic imitation out of total syntactic output. Based on this measure, the children were divided according to whether they used imitations ... Research Article
Research Article  |   December 01, 1976
The Function of Imitation in Child Language
 
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  • Andrya L. H. Ramer
    William Paterson College, New Jersey
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Research Article   |   December 01, 1976
The Function of Imitation in Child Language
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 1976, Vol. 19, 700-717. doi:10.1044/jshr.1904.700
History: Received May 8, 1975 , Accepted May 17, 1976
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 1976, Vol. 19, 700-717. doi:10.1044/jshr.1904.700
History: Received May 8, 1975; Accepted May 17, 1976

The use and function of imitation were examined for seven children in the early syntactic period of language acquisition. The use of imitation was determined by the percent of syntactic imitation out of total syntactic output. Based on this measure, the children were divided according to whether they used imitations minimally, moderately, or extensively. The function of imitative repertoires was investigated by examining the lexical, syntactic, semantic, and communicative-interactional aspects of language as they were reflected in imitation. The analyses revealed that degree of imitation interacted with function of imitation in the acquisition process. Management implications are discussed.

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