Language Development In Children: Language Analysis

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Language development in children is influenced by a variety of factors however often begins with the use of a few recognisable words around their first birthday. Children’s initially focus is on their immediate environment and the development lexical words. At this stage children begin to use language to communicate with parents, carers, siblings or other family members. The purpose of communication is to instruct those around them to satisfy their needs and desires (McDevitt et al., 2013, p.351). The use of language to communicate preferences and wants is referred to by Halliday as the instrumental function whereas the use of language to control others is referred to as the regulatory function of language (Fellowes & Oakley, 2014, p.29). Piaget
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