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From looking at the transcript between Katharine and her mother I have noticed she is in the telegraphic stage. I know this because she is quite comfortably having a conversation with her mother.

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Tape Extract 5 From looking at the transcript between Katharine and her mother I have noticed she is in the telegraphic stage. I know this because she is quite comfortably having a conversation with her mother. Not only does she respond to questions asked by her mother, she initiates the dialogue. Katharine is in the heuristic model of Michael Halliday's taxonomy. She is also at stage 3 of Clark's theory. Katharine has good pragmatic and conversational skills which are shown throughout the transcript, she is able to wait her turn in during the dialogue and not interrupt when her mother is speaking. ...read more.

Middle

Pronouns are so difficult, because their meaning depends on the context they are used in, and because parents often use names or roles a lot when speaking to children. Katharine is also understanding, and using auxiliary verbs, usually in the right context. The only time Katharine omits the auxiliary verb is on line 11, but I think this is because she wants to say something and can't find the right word. Throughout the transcript there is no use of conjunctions, even where they could have been used. This may be because Katharine has not learnt or does not fully understand them yet. The use of negatives is good; this is often found difficult for children of Katharine's age. ...read more.

Conclusion

she pauses to see whether her mother will get her some paper, when she realises she's not going to get what she wants, she rephrases the question and gets the paper. On line 19 Katharine says 'I d'know' this is laziness, she should have said 'I don't know'. She probably said this because she has heard someone else say it like that and has learnt it. This is a disadvantage of child directed speech, as the person the child is learning from may not be speaking properly. From around line 20, Katharine and her mother get themselves confused. Her mother is still answering an earlier question when Katharine asks another. Katharine can put sentences together and uses inflections, adverbs, tag questions and correct syntax in the right places; this means she is nearing the end of the telegraphic stage. ...read more.

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