• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How is context affecting Sophie's language and how is she using her language to achieve a function?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Extract 2: Sophie at 36 months This text, much like extract one, is a conversation between Sophie and her mother while playing together, and Sophie is now 3. We can definitely assume that although it is likely that Sophie will still use holophrastic phrases in some aspects of her speech to convey meaning, generally she will be using a more advanced level of language and has a wider syntactical knowledge [knowledge of syntax?] to communicate any action she wants to achieve. However, she still uses proto-language in order to express a feeling or meaning without words ("mm" in response to a question.). In this extract is seems that Sophie still uses all aspects of functional language, according to the theorist Michael Halliday to achieve a function, both with regulatory and informative functions (although she uses these past the two-word stage as her vocabulary as expanded and her grammar/syntax becomes more complex), "put it there", "me did some of those mummy". ...read more.

Middle

If we look at the very basic aspects of the extract, Sophie seems to now be aware of turn taking and the conversation is more fluid than Extract 1. Sophie's mother does not need to initiate or try and prompt her daughter in order to gain a response, but they are given more readily. She does however continue to use certain aspects of care giver speech in order to keep the conversation moving or to get Sophie involved. In this case she uses tag questions, "let's turn all the pieces over shall we?". In this phrase, although it's not easily noticed, due to colloquial elision, she is also using inclusive pro-nouns. At 36 months, Sophie is now at the telegraphic stage, although she does use a variety of verbs, and pro-nouns, she has a tendency to omit the functional words and keep those which are relevant to context, "when you been tidying up" in comparison to "when you have been tidying up". ...read more.

Conclusion

Sophie is demonstrating what Peccei said to be the end of the telegraphic stage, there is the absence of the auxiliary verbs in the clause, (which in this case would be "does not"), however in this extract she is also showing a higher understanding of syntax. In comparison to Peccei's theory that the children place the negative marker either at the beginning or end of the clause, Sophie has used it where it would be correct should she have also used the auxiliary verb. According the Peccei although she still refers to her mother as "mummy" initially she is also beginning to refer to her as "you" "when you been tidying up" , so instead of merely using 3rd person pro-nouns, she is also advancing towards the 2nd stage of development, referring to herself as "me", "me did good - me did some of those mummy". ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Language: Context, Genre & Frameworks section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Language: Context, Genre & Frameworks essays

  1. Investigation into Gender Differences in the Language of Personal Profiles on Dating Websites

    to have the company of a male, similar age to share the good things in life. I have many interests including genealogy, computer, theatre and music.I like visiting museums, places of interest, dining out holidays home and abroad...all of which are more enjoyable when accompanied.

  2. Turn taking mechanisms in conversation.

    alright? P: Yeah I'm alright In transcript 2 there appears to be one adjacency pair embedded within another. These take the forms of question - answer PA: Alright mate (.) how's it going? (Question 1) S: Alright? (Question 2)

  1. Extended response to journeys.

    This is communicated in the by line 'Not all journeys have an ending'. This statement challenges the audience to speculate about what this may denote.

  2. How do Politicians gain support through language? AQA English coursework

    The minor sentence "A stronger, fairer, more prosperous nation." works along the same lines, and outlines Labours key values of power and equality through use of the comparative adjectives "stronger" and "fairer," suggesting he wants to improve the current situation.

  1. Centre Stage

    when she inevitably caught all the stares, finger pointing and hushed whispers but she carried on none the less. Soon she became a much-loved member of the community, always willing to help and never caught without a bright smile or uplifting sense of humour.

  2. The Dutch Attack on Landguard Fort - 2nd July 1667

    After the long march when the Dutch troops saw the fort was undamaged they must have felt extremely disappointed as they knew they will lose many men in the battle. The Dutch also knew they were likely to encounter the white regiment on the way back to the ships.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work