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Children's words: A developmental perspective


Le, T and Fan, S and Le, M, Children's words: A developmental perspective, Linguistics and language education in new horizons: The link between theory, research and pedagogy, Nova Science Publishers, S Fan, T Le & Q Le (ed), New York, pp. 427-435. ISBN 978-1-63482-800-0 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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Children's semantic development is an area that has been extensively studied for decades. While much research has been conducted to focus upon words‘ cognitive or referential meanings, little has been done from the intercultural perspective. This chapter introduces a study with a focus on children‘s semantic development with particular emphasis on cultural meanings and cultural differences. The study involved the participation of ten children from Australian and Vietnamese backgrounds. The study started with inviting verbal explanations and definitions of words. A trichotomy of form, meaning, and function was also used to guide the discussion with the children about words. The study analysed what words with social meanings (such as wife, teacher and neighbour) mean to children of different cultural backgrounds. This chapter provides a discussion with examples and data gathered in this research.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:semantic development, bilingual children, bilingual education, meaning of words
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Le, T (Dr Thao Le)
UTAS Author:Fan, S (Dr Frances Fan)
ID Code:102634
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2015-09-01
Last Modified:2018-03-28

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