This book offers a systematic linguistic critique of language development studies since the 1960s. It uses systemic theory to explain and interpret the development of child language, with discussions and illustrative texts to explicate the analysis. Painter provides a rich source of data for child language researchers in all fields, and aims to make a systematic theory more accessible to those interested in the ideas put forward by M.A.K. Halliday in his writings on language development.
Clare Painter is an Honorary Associate in Linguistics at the University of Sydney, Australia.
Foreword M.A.K. Halliday Introduction 1 Developmental Research Since the 1960s: Non-Systemic Approaches 2 Systemic Theory 3 Data 4 The Protolanguage 5 Into Phase II: From Protolanguage to Transition 6 Eighteen to Nineteen and A Half Months 7 Nineteen and A Half Month to Twenty-One Months 8 Twenty-One to Twenty-Two and A Half Months 9 Twenty-Two and A Half to Twenty-Four Months 10 Concluding Summary Appendix: Selected Developments, 24-27 Months Bibliography Index