Essay on The Importance Of A Child Uses Language

736 Words Apr 18th, 2016 3 Pages
Throughout their early years children learn to communicate with the signs, symbols and sounds we call language. Children typically develop language at a similar rate, resulting in the ability to measure their progress against set milestones. (Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, 2016) Linguist Michael Halliday surmises that there are seven functions for which a child uses language for: Instrumental, being used to make something happen (e.g. “Can you please pass me the book?”). Regulatory language is suggested to control behaviours (e.g. “you need to hold hands to cross the road.”). Interactional is communicated in order to relate to others, or our social language (e.g. conversation about the weather). Personal refers to the language used to express oneself (e.g. “I am having a good day.”). Heuristic is a term meaning language used to discover or explore (e.g. “How humid is Bali?”). Imagination is as it sounds, using one 's imagination to create and entertain (e.g. riddles, jokes and stories) and finally, Informational language is used to convey facts and explain (e.g. “Water boils at 100*C.”)

Outside of functions, throughout development in a child they also learn the rules and structure within their native language. All languages have rules and structure in their vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. Standard languages are formal and can be traced back to the capitol city in the country of origin. (Hussey, 2014, pp128-130) When people move…

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